Currently, Latin America and the Caribbean is considered the most dangerous region in the world for women and girls. The deputy regional director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean, Lara Blanco, said femicide rates in those areas “are the highest” in the world (Blanco, 2017).
In Mexico, violence against women and girls has reached great dimensions, in all areas of their lives; public and private, women who are denied the opportunity to enter the public sphere and develop as people, to decide on their sexuality and their own body. Girls and adolescents who die at the hands of their aggressors and who do not have the support of governmental institutions that value the seriousness of their history.
Gender violence against women in Quintana Roo has worsened in the last ten years as can be seen in the National Household Relations Dynamics Survey of 2006 and 2016, which indicates that women over 15 years of age who claim to have experienced some form of violence, increased from 40.2% in 2006 to 64.7% in 2016 (INEGI, 2006, 2016). In the case of femicides, Merino, Zarkin and Ávila (2016), they document with information from the National Health Information System that Quintana Roo is one of the states with the highest rate of feminicide growth from 2006 to 2012.
What are we trying to achieve?
With the project “Girls to Power” we seek to generate spaces for development and education for girls and young people, because it is essential to create strategies that allow girls to identify the situations of inequality to which they are subjected and begin at an early age to recognize that their potential and rights are fundamental for its full development. These meeting spaces for girls and adolescents imply an appropriation not only physical, but historical, social and psychological. It is in an atmosphere of empathy and sorority where the freedom to question one self about patriarchal oppression is facilitated, but above all, so that adolescents and girls learn to organize, know and empower themselves jointly and from a feminist ethic of fraternity and cooperation.
The money raised from the campaign will be used to continue developing this project.
The Integral Center of Attention to Women CIAM Cancún A.C .; is a Mexican civil society organization, secular, non-partisan and non-profit, consolidated since 2002 by the journalist, writer and feminist activist Lydia Cacho. The commitment of CIAM Cancún A.C. with the defense of the Right to a Life free of Violence, since February 2012 he has been urging him to redouble his efforts to prevent violence. With the extensive experience of the organization and its trajectory for more than 10 years in the attention to women victims of gender violence, a Peace Education Center is operated, seeking creative human development to contribute to the construction of a culture of peace.
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