Support and protect Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
She has been fighting violence against Mexican women, in the family, by the police and military, facing death threats and severe reprisals from armed authorities. Una mujer valiente! No permitaremos que la asesinan como Digna Ochoa, la madre activista de Cuidad Juarez, y tantas otras que luchan por la libertad y en contra de la violence. We have to figure out a way to lend our support and ensure that her work receives global support. This may be her best protection. Ideas welcome!
Excerpts below from this article which explains the situation.
MEXICO: Women Reject Normalisation of Gender Violence
Ninety percent of the non-governmental organisations in Mexico are founded and run by women, says journalist and women’s rights activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, even as crimes against women remain cloaked in impunity.
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, brave woman! “Nine out of 10 women in Mexico who suffer human rights violations do not report it to the authorities, and “those who (do) report them are generally met with suspicion, apathy and disrespect”, according to Human Rights Watch’s latest country report.
“The normalisation of gender violence is increasing incredibly,” Cacho said.
Even though some legal measures have been put in place to prevent and punish gender-based violence, the implementation has been very limited and impunity remains the norm for murder or other crimes against women, according to human rights groups.”
“Cacho said the military is involved in abuses such as human trafficking, and police occasionally attack women’s shelters, either because they have a personal connection to a woman in the shelter or because they want to protect the traffickers.
Ten years ago, she founded such a shelter for women and their children who are fleeing various kinds of gender violence, called the Women’s Assistance Centre (Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer) in Cancún. It started mainly as a refuge for victims of domestic violence, but it soon became clear that most of the women had been involved in trafficking, especially forced prostitution. The centre now has high security, with a barbed wire fence and cameras everywhere to keep the women safe.
Cacho recounted how the shelter was attacked by police who came to retrieve the wife of a policeman, whom she had helped to flee an abusive situation. The police didn’t get inside, and the attack was caught on film, but when Cacho sought accountability and showed the tape to the district attorney, she said he told her “that there isn’t much we can do, (and) the best thing you can do is just to close down”.
Cacho chose to do neither. She has investigated gender violence and sex trafficking and published numerous stories and books on the subject. Her 2005 book “The Demons of Eden” exposed an international child pornography and sex trafficking ring in Cancún which involved senators and politicians.
She was ***thrown in jail and tortured*** for publishing that book. When she finally came out and started talking, the government tried to label her a terrorist, but without success. She traveled for six years to investigate the world of international sex trafficking of women, resulting in her latest book “The Slaves of Power” in 2010.
Together with non-governmental organisations and a grassroots activist network, Cacho started a prevention campaign called “No estoy en venta” – “I am not for sale” – against sex trafficking that includes a video to give young people tools they need to protect themselves. The video explains anti-trafficking laws, the tactics traffickers use to lure their victims, and other aspects of the issue. ”
via Max Dashu