“Day of the Dead”, Relatives of Murdered Mexican Women Demand Justice

With a protest in Mexico City, families of victims of femicide and missing persons commemorated their own “Day of the Dead” on Wednesday.

Families of victims of femicide and missing persons commemorated their own ” Day of the Dead ” on Wednesday with a protest in Mexico City to demand justice for the thousands of women who were violated and murdered in the country.

We really want the authorities to act, not to remain (the cases) in that dark place as they were left to them. We seek justice and truth for each of our deaths, Consuelo Martínez, mother of Victoria Pamela, murdered in 2017 by her then partner, told Efe.

With purple crosses, several hundred people walked along the iconic Paseo de la Reforma. Each one with a specific case: some crimes resolved with a final sentence -the fewest-, others in the process with the femicide arrested, and most with little progress.

Each cross is a case, a pain. That is why we seek justice and truth, added the woman, who is part of Voces de la Ausencia, the organization that convened the march.

Voces de la Ausencia established this day as “Day of the Dead” on November 3, consecutive to the important Day of the Dead in Mexico, to remember all the women who are murdered or disappear every day.

Mexico is facing a crisis of sexist violence with the murder of more than 10 women a day, according to UN Women and civil organizations, either for intentional homicides and femicides, the crime of killing a woman for gender reasons.

According to the most recent official data, between January and September 2021 there were a total of 762 murders of women classified as femicides.

Only last August there were 108 cases, the highest figure recorded in the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, according to data from the Secretariat for Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC).

The feminist movement has been growing in its different aspects and the mothers and relatives of victims have joined forces and created different organizations such as Voces de la Absencia so that their demands are more likely to be heard by the authorities.

Cintia Ramírez, Dulce Lilián’s aunt, murdered in August 2019, explained that the march was aimed at urging the Government, the Prosecutor’s Offices, and all the authorities to do justice for all the murdered girls.

The murderer of Dulce Lilián, who was her husband, remains a fugitive from justice and at the moment there is no progress in his search.

The main demand is to ask the Government to listen to us, to arrest people who are at large and for justice to be done. They are not going to give us back our dead but at least they give us some peace and tranquility, Ramírez shared with Efe.

During the march, which continued the journey without major altercations, there were moments of emotion among the mothers, who hugged and even burst into tears.

For them, unity is very important, and staying together in the fight is an incentive not to give up.

We support each other, we are here for the same fight: our murdered daughters. (…) I would tell the mothers of femicide victims who are alone to seek help, said Nayeli Aquino, mother of Naela Daniela, murdered in August 2019 and whose case has hardly any progress.

Family members also thanked the efforts of Frida Guerrera, founding activist of the organization, and who, they assured, gives them strength to continue in the fight when they feel they can no longer.

Also present at the walk were numerous children who were orphaned after the femicide of their mothers. They are also great forgotten, they assured during the march.

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The relatives walked carrying the crosses and banners with the faces of the murdered or disappeared women from the capital’s Zócalo, where the National Palace is located, to the Monument to the Mother, where today an “anti-monument” erected by the same activists recalls the women victims of violence in the country.     

 

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