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3月21日号 メキシコ 女性への暴力撲滅求めスト実施

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~を…と銘打つ
unprecedented
先例のない
protest
抗議(する)
rampant
まん延した
empty of ~
~のいない
reflect on ~
~を熟考する
contribution
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homemaker
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~の意思表示として(後出 observatory は監視所)
take a hit
損害を被る
murder
殺人(後出 meet a violent death は惨殺される、slain は殺害された、femicide は男性が女性を殺害すること)
disappearance
失踪(後出 go missing は行方不明になる)
discrimination
差別
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~になる
trace
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(be) accompanied by ~
~が付随する
stunning
驚くべき
brutality
残忍性(後出 ferocity も同意)
mutilate
切断する
earn ~ ...
~に…を与える
conviction
有罪判決
humanitarian
人道的な
【写真説明】 cross
十字架
victim
犠牲者
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広場
 

Women Fight Back   

Thousands of women across Mexico stayed home from work and school on March 9 as part of a strike billed as "A Day Without Women," a day after International Women's Day when an unprecedented number of them filled the streets to protest rampant and rising gender violence.

Central streets in the capital were empty of women and girls throughout the day. Mostly men could be seen walking to offices, getting off buses or lining up to buy coffee.

The idea was to become invisible for a day so that coworkers, bosses, boyfriends, husbands and in some cases children reflect on the absence of each participating woman.

It is about "showing, socially ... how valuable we women are, our contribution, and what would happen if one day we were not around. In all aspects: as homemakers, as workers, as consumers," said Lluvia Flores Gomez, who closed her bakery in observation of the strike. She said the business would take an economic hit, but it was important to call attention to all the ways women are under attack in Mexico — not only murder, disappearance and rape, but also home and workplace discrimination and lack of equal opportunity.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for females. Government data shows 3,825 women met violent deaths last year, 7% more than in 2018. That works out to about 10 women slain each day in Mexico. Thousands more have gone missing without a trace in recent years.

Murders of women are often accompanied by sexual violence and stunning brutality. Some women are burned. Some are mutilated. The ferocity of the killings has earned them a special label: femicide. Very few cases result in convictions.

"In Mexico it's like we're in a state of war; we're in a humanitarian crisis," said Maria de la Luz Estrada, coordinator of the National Citizen Observatory on Femicide. (AP)

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