The month of April is universally observed as Sexual Assault Prevention Month. On April 24, thousands of women across Mexico joined hands and marched in solidarity on the streets to demand an end to gender violence and the machismo culture plaguing Mexican society and justifying the harassment of women. More than 6,000 women marched in Mexico City alone, while demonstrations continued in other cities in the country under the banner and hashtag: #24A and #NosQueremosVivas (“we want to stay alive”). According to the national statistics institute Inegi, seven women were killed, on average, across the country between 2013 and 2014 and dozens more faced other forms of gender violence.
This month’s e picture is one by our grantee partner in Mexico, Reflexión y Acción Feminista, who also took part in the march on April 24. The poster displays a quote by the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg “Por un mundo donde seamos socialmente iguales, humanamente diferentes y totalmente libres.” that translates as “In a world where we are socially equal, humanly different and totally free.“