Taking Back the Night #8
By Jade Arroyo
Taking back the night aims to raise awareness about sexual harassment and provide a safe space where victims of violence can break the silence about their personal experiences.
It is an initiative that has been carried out in more than 30 countries around the world, having an impact on 30 million people.
Among the actions in San Miguel de Allende was an integrated fair organized by ONG (NGO) associations in the state of Guanajuato, whose mission contributes to women’s safety, health and well-being with a gender perspective. It also offered information about Latin American pop feminism and a small walk around the Jardín to call for solidarity with those who live with harassment and to make people aware of the cause. Everything took place at Casa de La Cultura, ending with a closing ceremony, where people lit up candles in memory of women victims of feminicide and asked for hope and solidarity.
On March 8, International Women’s Day commemorated the 140 textile workers who lost their lives in a fire in poor working conditions. This was a date to evaluate the conditions in which women live in each country and continue the struggle for our human, sexual, and reproductive rights. It is important to unite against gender violence. Let’s retake the night!
Why is feminism necessary?
Feminism is perhaps the most efficient social revolution of the twentieth century. Women could not vote 60 years ago. Today it is unthinkable that we do not do it. Feminism gives us the arguments to fight inequalities, not only of gender, but also of race, class, and more. Many inequalities continue to exist. For those who access and can effectively exercise their rights, feminism is one of the spaces from which these injustices are thought and fought.