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."
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .