Being a woman: Condemnation by Jesse Mireles

Editor : Joshua Zamudio | Editor : Jenae Lien | Written & Photographed by Jesse Mireles

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Being a woman: Condemnation by Jesse Mireles

Being born in Mexico as a woman is a condemnation; Eleven women are murdered every day. This is the bragged reality of thousands of Mexican women and girls.

As a documentary photographer, I have been documenting the protests as part of International Women's Day in Latin America for three years in a row from Zacatecas, a northern state of Mexico with one of the highest rates of femicide in the country.
Through photography I have delved into the different realities that we face as women. I have witnessed a mother recount the enforced disappearance and murder of her 16-year-old daughter as a lump in her throat runs through her. I've mingled in the contingents, putting down the camera and raising my fist, screaming on behalf of those women who aren't here today.
I have confronted the police, who have tried to suppress us more than once, but when there is no vigilance, they harass us from the inside of the patrol, with their guns in hand. Here the police not only suppress journalists trying to deprive us from exercising our right to freedom of press, but they harass, violate and outrage women without being dismissed.

 

(TRANSLATION)
Nacer mujer en México, es condenarse; once mujeres son asesinadas al día. Es esta la descarnada realidad que viven miles de mujeres y niñas mexicanas.
Como fotógrafa documental, me he dedicado desde hace tres años a documentar las manifestaciones que se realizan con motivo del Día Internacional de la Mujer en América Latina pero desde Zacatecas, un estado ubicado en la región centronorte de México en el que se registra también una de las tasas más altas de feminicidios en el país.
A través de la fotografía me he adentrado a las distintas realidades que como mujeres nos abordan. He sido testigo del cómo una madre narra la desaparición forzada y asesinato de su hija de 16 años mientras un nudo en la garganta la atraviesa. Me he mezclado en los contingentes, bajando la cámara y alzando el puño, gritando en nombre de aquellas que hoy no están.
He confrontado a la policía, que en más de una ocasión ha intentado reprimirnos, pero cuando nadie los ve, nos acosan desde la comodidad de una patrulla, con armas en mano. Aquí la policía no sólo reprime periodistas intentando privarnos de ejercer nuestro derecho a la libertad de prensa, sino que acosan, violentan y ultrajan mujeres sin ser destituidos.

 

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Photo Index

8M_01.jpg: “The girls marching, they’re also fighting”

8M_02.jpg, 8M_03.jpg, 8M_06.jpg: Hooded women intervene the streets.

8M_04.jpg, 8M_05.jpg: Hooded and blindfolded women block the car’s movement through the main boulevard to perform ‘A Rapist in Your Path,’ a feminist anthem by Lastesis Collective of Chile.

8M_07.jpg, 8M_08.jpg, 8M_09.jpg: Veronica Hernández, Litzy Sarahí’s mother, a 16-year-old girl who was reportedly murdered on July 28, 2018, and her sister Merari. Claiming justice.

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