WOMEN AND AUTONOMY – Hearts of Freedom and Justice
“Women are the heart of freedom and justice”
Griselda, human rights defender
In the communities of Chiapas, as well as in the rest of Mexico, structural violence leaves women in a subordinate role in practically all spheres of public and private life, also violating girls’ access to the full exercise of their freedom and autonomy. Indigenous women suffer from the triad of oppression and violence – gender, race and social class.
The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) walks together and hand in hand with strong women who fight and seek access to justice, autonomy and a life free of violence.
“WOMEN FIGHT BLINDLY, BUT FRAYBA BELIEVED IN OUR FIGHT, FRAYBA IS FAMILY”
Women human rights defenders in Chiapas, Mexico
What does Frayba do?
Frayba accompanies and strengthens individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and peoples who walk the horizon of their autonomy and self-determination.
“Autonomy is a social pact, it has to be recognized and supported socially and find the operating mechanisms to function”
What do we do with your donations?
When you decide to support us on a monthly basis, you help us to continue accompanying women and their strengthening processes, in addition to carrying out national and international advocacy actions that highlight the violence they suffer in our country and in the communities in Chiapas.
“Let nothing define us. Let nothing hold us. Let freedom be our own substance”
Simone de Beauvoir
Why do we need to join forces?
Faced with the context of generalized violence – manifested in threats, torture, forced displacement, femicides, etc. – and consequently impunity, the most vulnerable continue to be women, children and adolescents.
The Executive Secretariat of the Public Security System (SESNSP) announced in its report “Violence Against Women, Criminal Incidence and 911 Emergency Calls” that from January to December 2022 it registered 2,807 murdered women, and that from this figure a total of 968 Mexican women were victims of femicide.
MEXICO OCCUPIES FIRST PLACE FOR FEMICIDES
In 2019, Mexico ranked first in femicide with respect to 24 countries, reaching levels never seen before with more than ten murders of women per day, in 2022 that figure increased to 11 women.
300 WOMEN MURDERED EVERY MONTH – 2019
330 WOMEN MURDERED EVERY MONTH – 2022
The women that Frayba accompanies are the fundamental basis for the linking of cases and processes that seek peace, justice, truth and equality; they also participate in spaces for analysis, reflection, and training for decision-making in their collectives, organization, communities, and towns. In addition to being protectors and providers for their families, they become HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS.
“MY ROLE AS A WOMAN INCLUDES BEING A HOUSEWIFE, WIFE, MOTHER AND ADVOCATE”
María, human rights defender
You can see the campaign video in Spanish here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jio9BkWrhWA
You can Donate to Frayba here: https://frayba.org.mx/campana-mujeres-y-autonomia
You can also buy a Gift of Change to support organizing, skill-building, and sharing amongst women for autonomy and defense of territory!
Original article in Spanish here: https://frayba.org.mx/campana-mujeres-y-autonomia
Translated by Schools for Chiapas.