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April-05-02

Feminist Majority Student Group Mobilizes for Women in Juarez

Students in the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at the University of Texas, El Paso are working with the Coalition on Violence Against Women and Families to organize a silent protest against the murders of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico, across the border with El Paso. Students will then host a major concert to raise awareness of the brutal murders of Juarez women and mobilize feminists to take action to end this violence. Nearly 270 women have been raped and murdered in Juarez, since 1993, yet Mexican officials are still no closer to finding their killers. Worse still, the murders have not stopped, and women are still at risk. The majority of victims, usually workers at U.S. owned assembly plants and factories, were raped and then strangled, their bodies left in the Chihuahua desert.

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR), part of the Organization of American States (OAS) called for an investigation into the killings in February. That investigation may be conducted by a coalition of women’s groups from Mexico and the United States, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) suggested that the killers could be living in the U.S.

For more on the women of Juarez, see previous stories on the Feminist Daily News Wire.

To learn more about Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances, and to become involved in one of our campus student groups, log on to www.FeministCampus.org.

Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation; Feminist Daily News Wire, 2/22/02

   

     

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