Gang Members Arrested for Rape and Murder of Ciudad Juarez Women
Ten gang members confessed to raping and beating fifty or more young women in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city near the U.S. border. So far, the suspects have denied murdering the women and police say they cannot prove otherwise.
Women's groups report that 118 women have been brutally raped, murdered and left to decay in a nearby desert in the last 5 years. Many of the women's bodies were intentionally disfigured beyond recognition.
Special prosecutor Maria Esfarsa told CNN that she believes the murders may express unemployed men's anger at women for moving into the workforce, albeit at poverty wages. Women's rights activist Judith Gallarza said that the women of Ciudad Juarez are perceived as "expendable" and "disposable."
9/28/2015 World Leaders Commit to Ending Gender Discrimination at UN Summit - This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of the fourth world conference on women in Beijing, leaders from around the globe met in New York City to discuss concrete and measurable plans for eliminating discrimination against women.
The plans were announced and reviewed by over 80 world leaders over the weekend at the "Global Leaders" Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action," summit co-hosted by the UN and China. . . .