Feb 22, 2013

Indigenous Women In Mexico Call For An End To Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post 
By Hirania Luzardo
February 22, 2013

A group of indigenous rarámuri women in Sierra Tarahumara, north of Mexico, have launched a campaign to stop the increasing violence they face daily, which in many cases is culturally accepted in their communities and involves physical, verbal, psychological and sexual aggression.

They are known as "las multiplicadoras" ("the multipliers") and their mission is to raise consciousness by educating men and women from the mountains of Chihuahua to reverse the pattern of abuse, program coordinator Vianney Salas said in an interview with Univision’s “Primer Impacto.”

"They come out different," Salas said. "They come out of this program understanding the right to have a life free of violence."

According to various studies, it is estimated that 90 percent of women in these communities have suffered some form of violence.

"I thought it was normal to be worth less than men," an indigenous woman said on the Univisión show. "I understand now that I have rights."  Read more. 

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