5,000 women came together in Mexico for liberation. Zapatista women organized the “Women in Struggle” summit to help unite women all over the world through art, politics, sports and culture.
Sonora city Councilor Carmen Garcia Vazquez stated, “We wanted to invite all the women from across the world to unite against violence against women, against discrimination, against machismo and to be one and to think of how to help each other.”
The Zapatista Army is a former rebel group founded in 1983 to protect indigenous rights. They became the most powerful rebel group in Mexico by taking up arms against the government, but recently renounced violence to become politically active. The first-of-its-kind event took place on Zapatista territory in Chipas, Mexico, and brought women from as far away as Europe for a 3-day event, starting on International Women’s Day. Men could only attend if they were there with a woman.
Zapatista men helped in the kitchen and with other duties, while the women attended workshops on cyber feminism, gynecology, gender violence and more than 200 other topics.
Amelia Gonzalez Cervantes stated, “This is so we take our voices back to our communities, to our villages, to invite more people so that women who are scared lose that fear. So they have that courage, that frustration, that outrage that we bring here as we listen to our friends’ call for all of us to help.”