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.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .