This photographic project was Awarded by  YANNIS BEHRAKIS INTERNATIONAL PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD 2022// Finalist

​In recent years, girls and adolescents have become increasingly important in women's movements in Latin America and in the struggles for a dignified life free of violence. In Mexico, on more than one occasion, they have pushed the government and authorities to the wall (such as recently on September 7, 2021, with the vote for the decriminalization of abortion by the Supreme Court of the State of Chihuahua).

Although the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted street protests for a few months in 2020, it did not stop them completely, and in the past year and until now, acts of rage, actions in memory of femicide victims (939 cases in the whole year 2020, according to official figures updated as of January 31, 2021) and demands against sexual violence in all its forms have taken place in Mexico City, Edomex, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Puebla and Quintana Roo, to name a few entities.

Facts that illustrate 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.
In Ciudad Juarez (one of the most dangerous cities in the world), 13-year-old Mariana is one of those girls who have undertaken a real struggle for life, with the hope that their words will be heard. Since she was a child, Mariana has accompanied her mother in her activities for the Red Messa association, which accompanies the families of victims of feminicide and women victims of violence. Today, more than ever, she proudly wears the pink cross, symbolic of feminicide, to march in demonstrations against violence against women. Thus, we could also see how little girls take their own mothers to the demonstrations, while more and more teenagers and young girls join the "Bloque Negro" (radical feminist separatist activists). A new generation that from a young age has learned to live with macho violence and now feels a mission: to take to the streets with their "sisters" to express their anger and demand justice.

Using Format