Last month, the SlutWalk movement ignited by the Toronto police officer who told a group of college students they should avoid dressing like sluts so they wouldn’t get raped reached New Delhi. This month, I’m excited to report that the movement has spread to Latin America with an event taking place in Mexico City – the Marcha De Las Putas.
Our very own Care2 blogger Ileana Jiménez interviewed Gabriela Amancaya, the founder of AtreveteDF, the Mexico City chapter of the New York-based Hollaback!, about her involvement in organizing the Mexico City SlutWalk.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview which can be found at Gender Across Borders:
What prompted the Marcha de las Putas to start in Mexico?
In Mexico we have many reasons to march, the most recent event in our country that reflects this is the suggestion of the Mayor of Navolato, Sinaloa in which he asked that mini-skirts be prohibited in order to avoid pregnancies. This is just an example of measures that have been taken around the country to monitor and control women’s bodies and to avoid assuming adequate responsibility for sexual abuse and gender-based violence. Above all, we are quite aware of the rates of violence against women in Mexico and the impunity around the feminicidios of our sisters.
Can you describe how the phenomenon of the Marcha has inspired not only women in Mexico City but also women across Mexico?
When we decided to hold a Marcha de las Putas in Mexico City, it was because we knew that machismo exists all over the world but within different contexts. In Mexico, the rates of gender-based violence are alarming, and while the intersections of race, class and ethnicity are different here than in the U.S., and while we recognize that raising our voices against the silence that has surrounded sexual abuse is still a privilege that not all people in our country have, it is important to break the silence around it wherever possible.
And it’s not just women in Mexico City who are breaking the silence. All over Mexico women are replicating the Marcha de las Putas like in Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, León, Morelia, Oaxaca, Orizaba, Tijuana and Xalapa. The movement is also spreading across Latin America in places like Buenos Aires, Argentina, Managua, Nicaragua, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
All of these combined voices have the power to tell the entire world that we will not take violence against women anymore! Bravo SlutWalk movement and the spirited, intelligent, and brave women who lead the protests!
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