LAS ACOMPAÑANTAS


In the context of the changing legislation on the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico, a new generation of young women between the ages of 18 and 28 has taken on the task of accompanying their fellow women through the abortion process, completely free of charge and in a spirit of sisterhood, based on empathy, emotional support and care among women. They are called "Acompañantas". In the state of Coahuila in northern Mexico, a handful of them are building a true network of mutual aid and providing follow-up during all stages of the abortion process.

Women with different profiles: mothers, students, sisters, or even activists, all united by one and the same cause: to be able to choose over one's body. Like the green glitter found in feminist demonstrations, they sneak and shine only by acting in the shadows. The predominance of the church and conservative political groups has led to the development of a black market for Misoprostol (the drug used to perform an abortion), and abortions are performed clandestinely. Misinformation and guilt-tripping of young women who want to have an abortion often result in traumatic experiences for them. It is thus together and hand in hand that they will live this ordeal, where sharing and reciprocity makes no difference between the one who accompanies and the one who interrupts her pregnancy.

Through the glow of these feelings of love and compassion, they provide a safe space, legal advice, emotional support, but more than ever remind all girls that they are not alone.
By tracing the journey of several Acompañantas, the militant interventions found in the street, has therefore inspired the plastic intervention of the images, coming here to iridesce their actions, as a way to pay tribute to them. 

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