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Diversity and gender equality

Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia

Movement selected by the
Support for Social Movements

Movement for respecting differences, diversity and access to rights and freedoms for women and girls

Objective

The movement seeks, on the one hand, to stop violence against women and change the narratives that criminalize protests. On the other hand, it promotes the guarantee, respect and strengthening of their rights and freedoms, as well as women’s access to decision-making spaces.

Context

Historically, women, particularly Afro-descendants and indigenous women, have been affected by different levels of injustice: lack of access to basic resources, such as education, security, justice and work, as well as physical, labor, economic and sexual violence. Seeking to promote these movements is an urgent priority, although some conditions have improved in recent decades, this has not been carried out equitably in countries like Mexico, which continues to be the second country with the most cases of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Negative consequences that not addressing this issue can bring:

  • That the demands for women’s rights be noticed in a centralized manner and leave aside the mobilizations of women located in the peripheries and other states of the country;
  • That the actions and discourse around the appropriation of public space by women who demand their rights continue to be criminalized;
  • That gender violence is not recognized as a structural and systemic problem, it continues to be normalized, and it is perceived as an isolated problem;
  • That the gender inequality gap between men and women widen even further, thereby affecting the free development of women and girls;
  • That institutional sexist violence continues in women’s marches and demonstrations and that there are no accountability processes to stop impunity;
  • That tools and processes are not created to deal with and punish the forms of digital violence against women and girls.

Movement action path

  • Through various groups, the movement seeks to raise awareness among citizens to join forces in the defense of their rights and counteract the discourse that criminalizes protests and the appropriation of women in public space with a gender approach. On the other hand, the work of the organizations and collectives promotes the discussion broadening on gender violence from different perspectives and spaces, from workshops to journalists, security training, and the awareness of the population about sexist violence;
  • From the legal field, the aim is to design public policy proposals and hold conversations with key authorities, on the one hand, on the issue of decriminalizing the interruption of pregnancy and, on the other hand, on the process of police forces action during the protests in favor of the women’s rights and the recognition of their needs.

Route of action of each organization that integrates the movement

  1. Narratives positioning on the resignification of cultural heritage and the public space appropriation in women’s protests.
  2. Sexist violence impact training in various areas of women’s and girls’ lives.
  3. Support networks formation among women that are key to promoting the recognition and full access to their rights, and tackling inequality.

Action plan

  • A successful counter-narrative reflected in the mass media that refers to the point of view of the female victims and their legitimate claim for the protection and respect of their rights;
  • Many movements in favor of the defense of women’s rights with an organizational structure strengthened in security and sustainability capacities for long-term incidence;
  • Peripheral population and cities outside the capital more informed about gender equality and violence against women;
  • Action protocols for police personnel based on respect for human rights during demonstrations.