Niñas‘ rebellion

Mahé Elipe, Mexico

To be a woman in Mexico is to understand that you can be used and thrown away like garbage. Reflecting a society in which the mere fact of being a woman exposes you to violence, how do you grow, live and survive in this context?
In recent years, girls and adolescents have become increasingly important in women’s movements in Latin America and in the struggles for a dignified life free of violence. Although the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted street protests for a few months in 2020, it did not stop them completely, and in the past year and until now, acts of rage, actions in memory of femicide victims (939 cases in all of 2020, according to official figures), and demands against sexual violence in all its forms have taken place throughout the country.
Thus, we could see how little girls take their own mothers to the demonstrations, while more and more teenagers and young girls join the „Bloque Negro“ (radical feminist separatist activists). A new generation that from a young age has learned to live with macho violence and now feels a mission: to take to the streets with their „sisters“ to express their anger and demand justice. These facts illustrate how the crisis of violence against women in Mexico has pushed teenagers and young girls to rebel against a misogynistic and murderous system that counts more than 10 femicides per day.

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