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University Students Take a Stand Against Feminicide in Mexico


Every day nine women are killed in Mexico.

And over 40 per cent of women in Mexico have been victims of sexual violence.

These statistics are barbaric yet nothing is being done by the Mexican government or the police force.

Last month on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, thousands of women protested in the streets of Mexico City.

They rallied in front of the presidential palace asking the government to put a stop to feminicide (women being murdered because of their gender).

Since this demonstration many other protests have taken place across Mexico City, including Ibero University - one of the cities' major universities.

Ibero University student holds sign saying "41.3% of women have been victims of sexual violence." Source: Fernanda Cortina

This week female students gathered at the university to protest not only feminicide but also sexual harassment and abuse from male teachers at their school.

Fernanda Cortina is a student at Ibero University majoring in journalism in communication and media sciences.

She says many male professors inappropriately talk to their students outside of university, ask them out on dates and even ask for sexual favours in exchange for better grades.

"Three years ago a student at the university was abused by her professor," says Fernanda, "The professor is still teaching at the university here today. The university is known as being 'humanist' but really it's a mask. Students are tired of it."

Female students gather at Ibero University’s esplanade. Source: Fernanda Cortina

The university students protested their frustrations while former Uruguayan President Jose “Pepe” Mujica was visiting the university and being awarded a honorary doctoral degree.

The women sang the chant "Un Violador En Tu Camino," - when translated it means "a rapist on your way."

This particular chant has been sung during numerous gender violence protests in Chile, Colombia, Germany, United Kingdom and more.

Ibero university students sing activist chant "Un Violador En Tu Camino." Source: Fernanda Cortina

Fernanda hopes these protests will inflict change in her country because "being a woman in Mexico is very scary."

"Even if we ask for help we won't get it, there's no law enforcement and no justice," says Fernanda, "In January a man tried to kill his wife by hitting her in the head with a baseball bat which cracked her skull. The son stopped it and she went to the police. The judge ruled she was asleep during the time of the incident and said the husband would have had no intention of killing her otherwise she would have been awake. They reduced the sentence from attempted homicide to domestic violence. He got out of jail later this year. Last month she was shot to death by two hitmen in front of her kids."

Fernanda says it is very tense time and dangerous time in her country.

"We have come to a point in our city where even taking an Uber is putting your life in danger because there are so many stories of uber drivers raping girls and killing them. Taxis are unsafe, bars are unsafe, universities are unsafe, even our own homes - there’s nowhere really we can live freely without the risk of dying."

No comments have been made by Ibero University about the recent student led protest.

Demi Lynch,

Announcer & Producer of 'The Nasty Woman Club Podcast'

Co-Producer & Co-Announcer of Radio 4EB program 'Fair Comment'

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