Every year on International Women’s Day, vast numbers of women around the world march for women’s rights. These strikes have different objectives in every country; in Latin American countries, the strikes were a protest against sexist violence in all its forms and expressions: sexual, social, cultural, political and economic. To protest against sexist violence, the protesters called for action against sexual violence, sexual harassment, exploitation, femicides, domestic violence, racism, among other systemic issues facing women.
Mexico was one of the countries with a leading role in the protests on the issue of sexist violence. The national strike in Mexico that drew in a large number of people was centred on the question: What would happen if all the women in Mexico disappeared? The strike promoted that women should not go to work as a protest against the shocking number of cases of femicides and of gender violence that have been registered in the country.
The role of women in society is fundamental, therefore, it is very important that our society empowers women. As the protests every year highlight, we have to continue fighting against patriarchal institutions, insist on equality, and continue fighting for a more just future. Violence against women is still an ongoing issue; the policies designed to tackle this issue must ameliorate urgently. For instance, countries could allocate an adequate budget to deploy public policies for assistance and prevention that would allow curbing femicides.
All genders need to commit to tackling systemic gender discrimination on a global scale so that gender equality becomes a reality in the 21st-century.
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