When you type on your keyboard the word "Feminicide",
the red dashes of the spellchecker are displayed. A word that still sounds like a chimera, an unrecorded fact, a misdemeanor of society. And yet it is gangrene like an epidemic in many countries. An open wound that women all over the world have to deal with on a daily basis.
According to the UN, 10 women are killed every day in the country and more than 95% of the cases of violence recorded go unpunished. Fatima, Ingrid, Victoria... the list of victims is long and continues to make a lot of ink flow in the Mexican national press. And because after the fear comes the pain, it is then the anger that emerges and animates. Therefore, I have tried to illustrate these facts through different cases, such as: the search for young women who have disappeared from Veracruz, the search for the family of Gloria Sintia Gonzalez, murdered and exhumed in order to solve the miscarriages of justice in the state of Mexico, and the struggle of feminist activists in Mexico City. Through different plastic processes, the report focuses on the duality that exists between what remains of those who disappear and the force that is born from them.
Following numerous errors during the investigation of the authorities, for the murder of Gloria Gonzalez in August 2016, marred by numerous negligence, errors and omissions, it is her sister Mayra Gonzalez who is seen in the obligation to to carry out an investigation by itself, in order to be able to do it justice.
The body was not fully returned by the authorities, on March 6, 2020 after several months of relentlessness, Mayra succeeded in having her sister's grave exhumed in order to be able to place the remains forgotten and found two years later.
LOOKING FOR THE MISSING
The civil collective "Familias Desaparicidos Orizaba - Córdoba" in the state of Veracruz, daily beatings to find the bodies of the missing in the false illegal communes of the region. Faced with the indolence of the local authorities, the civilians themselves do not. had no other choice but to survey the false clandestine and compose with the government, in order to find the body of the missing Having received several death threats, the collective is accompanied by the federal police to ensure their safety during the research.
Aracely Salcedo, leader of the collective is herself looking for her daughter Fernanda Ruby, 21 years old, missing since September 7th 2012.
On November 29th 2017, Kimberly Kristel Jalil Rosette aged from 17-year-old, went missing in Orizaba, Veracruz state. On January 31th 2018, her body was found by the Familias Desaparicidos Orizaba - Córdoba collective, in a false illegal commune in the Municipio de Ixtaczoquitlan.
A year later, Kim's mother kept her daughter's bedroom intact. She has set up a hotel there in her honor, where she comes to pray daily.
FROM CHILDHOOD TO ACTIVISM
How to Grow-up
Mitzy González and Belén Garcia, aged 18, grew up in Ecatepec, the so-called “capital of feminicides”. Seated in one of the few cafes at the foot of a cable car supposed to open up this poorly urbanized district in the north of Ecatepec, they tell how they deal with their environment. "No short skirts or tight clothes, no headphones in the street, always checking that you are not being followed, traveling in groups, never going out alone after 8 pm ...", they list.
The manifestation of the 8 March 2020 reached record numbers of participants, the separatist demonstration denounced the government's inaction in the face of the growing phenomenon of feminicide in the country. Following the march, the call for a national women's strike was heard by countless Mexican women on Monday, March 9. Thus, there are many acts of protest in memory of girls and women victims of femicide.
Activism by the Art
After the kidnapping and murder of a friend of the Mexican singer Vivir Quintana by a man in the north of Mexico in Coahuila, the collective El Palomar was created. It brings together more than sixty Latin American singers denouncing feminicide in the song "Cancíon sin miedo". Their goal is to give a voice to those who have disappeared and those who live in fear of disappearing. On March 7, 2020, as part of the International Women's Rights Day, they gave a public performance in the largest plaza of the Mexican capital.
On February 13, 2020, a demonstration against feminicides broke out again in the capital, following the brutal murder of Ingrid Escamilla, 25 years old, a few days earlier. The case triggered protests against the dissemination, by justice and police officials, of images of the young woman's mutilated body, which were published by tabloids in the capital.
The protesters demanded that President Andres Manuel López Obrador take action against this scourge. In response to this type of protest, the government sent a law enforcement force composed solely of women to prevent any "outbursts".