Sunday, May 22, 2005

Las Mujeres de Juarez

I've always been drawn to the impact of culture and politics on women's issues in Latin American countries. So many women in Latin America are imprisoned and tortured (often with our government's sponsorship) or raped and murdered without investigation that it's surprising we don't hear more about it in our press. I guess it's only considered "terrorism" when it's done by non-U.S.-sponsored dictators. Or maybe we truly just don't give a damn about you unless you are our version of a "somebody".

Oh sure, we run around with our Tsunami bracelets and breast cancer pins, and "Oh, my God did you hear about Jen and Brad?"--we are an empathetic bunch of martyrs if you haven't noticed. It's not that the causes we believe in and support aren't important; it's just that we shouldn't forget causes not in the lime-light, those that aren't part of pop culture and current trends. We watched the news give 24-hr coverage for several days of the runaway bride case, but how much time have they devoted to real women's issues? How much time have we spent demanding that the real issues be heard?

I wrote a couple of articles on the topic many years ago, but I've been out of the loop for some time. This article, however, sparked the fire in my heart again:

By Erin Mosley:

"Susan Plum is challenging the Mexican government’s massive failure to effectively investigate and halt the killing spree in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which has taken the lives of more than 370 women in the past 12 years. Plum, an artist who lives and works in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, has decided to shed light on the mysterious string of female abductions and murders—one candle at a time."

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