Women in Mexico are lying in the street to protest domestic violence
Earlier this week, dozens of Mexican women lay still in the streets with chalk outlining their bodies and orange evidence photo markers by their heads. The women appeared lifeless in front of Mexico's Interior Ministry, all in an effort to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence in Mexico.
Sixty-seven percent of women in Mexico are victims of domestic violence, putting the country on the list of the world's top 20 worst countries for violence against women.
The National Citizen Femicide Observatory reported that more than 2,300 women have been killed over the last nine years in the State of Mexico alone. More specifically, approximately six women are killed in Mexico every day.
The group of women was composed of activists and public officials aiming to imitate a crime scene. Together they chanted "gender alert".
Congresswoman Xochitl Arzola Vargas -- who participated in the demonstration -- said:
Recently, Mexico has become one of the latest places in Latin America to protest violence against women, but the country is not alone. Thousands of women hit the streets in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay earlier this year to fight against domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a global issue. See the video below for statistics about domestic violence in the US:
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