This photographic series reports on the main protest actions carried out since the beginning of the year by Mexican girls. "To be a woman in Mexico is to understand that you can be used and thrown away like waste". Reflecting a society for which the only fact of being a woman exposes you to violence, how to grow, live and survive in this context?
Wendy Yoselín Ricardo, 16 years old, disappeared on March 20, 2021 in Xonacatlán, Mexico. Her body was found two days later in a canal near the home of her boyfriend, the main suspect, who could not be found. The official investigation initially suggested that it was an accident, but feminist activists do not believe this version. In Mexico, such cases occur every day and the perpetrators are almost never prosecuted or tried. A few days later, a photo posted on social networks of a group of young girls, friends of Wendy, carrying her coffin, set the web on fire. An image that illustrates how the crisis of violence against women in Mexico has pushed teenagers and young girls to rebel against a misogynistic and murderous system that counts 11 femicides per day.
As a result, many have taken to the streets to voice their exasperation. And although the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the street protests for a few months, it did not stop them.
Thus, we have seen how girls take their mothers to the demonstrations, while more and more teenagers and young girls join the "Bloque Negro". This is a direct consequence of the thousands of young girls who, from a very young age, learn to live through macho violence.
This report has as protagonists these girls and teenagers, a new generation that tries to fight against a second pandemic: the one of violence against women in Mexico.
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