Women across Mexico and throughout Latin America marked International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, with marches and demonstrations demanding equality and an end to the growing problem of violence against women, or femicide.
In Mexico City, women’s organizations marched on the main square, or Zócalo, where they painted the names of fatal victims of domestic violence and other crimes in large white block letters onto the surface of the plaza.
Similar protests took place in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and other regional countries.
“We are the voice of those who are no longer with us” was a common message painted onto hand-held signs and banners.
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who has appointed several women to his cabinet, including naming a woman head of the Interior Secretariat (SeGob) for the first time, addressed a public event in the northern state of Zacatecas to mark International Women’s Day.
The fight for women’s rights is closely linked to “the struggle against inequality in general, the struggle against the exploitation of men and women, the struggle against oppression,” and that is why women’s movement has a long and distinguished history, he said.