Have you ever heard of femicide? This is the murder of women, because they are women. Femicide is a major social problem in Mexico, along with other forms of violence against women. During this program feminist voices from Latin America share their ideas about the causes of femicide and violence against women in Mexico. How can you change a culture of violence against women? We do this with Pedro Miguel, Tamara Idrobo Tapia and Myrna de la Peña. The music band Snowapple will play their revolutionary music. The band has just returned from a tour through Mexico where they have been trying to raise attention to the problem, by playing their music.
The term ‘femicide’ gained prominence through the South African feminist Diana Russell. She coined the word in 1976 to define extreme violence against women. The term received anew a lot of international attention after hundreds of young women were murdered in the Mexican city of Juárez. The United Nations and various human rights organizations have criticized local and national authorities in Mexico for doing too little to try and stop the killings and violence against women.
How can you change a culture of violence against women? What responsibility does the government have and what has to derive from society itself? What inspirational examples of women and men trying to tackle the problem are there in Mexico? And what is the power of music in changing society?
We discuss it with among others, journalist Pedro Miguel and the band Snowapple. Snowapple will play various songs, including their new single La llorona – Ser mujer, of which the text is written by Pedro. For the clip, they worked together with the Mexican artist and filmmaker Adriana Ronquillo.
At the end of the program, we collectively toast with a shot of Mezcal on the power of women and men all over the world who stand up for gender equality.
About the speakers
- Pedro Miguel was born in Guatemala. He has lived in Mexico since 1967. Pedro is an activist, writer and journalist. He writes, among others, for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. He recently wrote a plan on tackling femicide in Mexico together with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
- Tamara Pels-Idrobo Tapia is a passionate Latin American Feminist with more than 15 years of experience in social justice and human rights of girls, women and trans people. Since 2010, Tamara is Mama Cash’s Programme Associate for Latin America and the Caribbean, where she has been working and collaborating with feminists activists with the conviction that change is possible and it begins within people’s power to transform their own realities. Tamara believes in Feminisms as a means to transform societies towards a diverse, safe, just, peaceful, pleasurable, equal and sustainable world. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia and a Master’s degree in Social Science with a focus on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture from the University of Amsterdam.
- Myrna de la Peña was born and raised in South-East Mexico. She lives now for several years in The Hague, and has recently graduated in European Studies. Myrna describes herself as an intersectional feminist with a special interest in politics, and as an immigrant. She is interested in exploring the link between Mexican history and the current violence against women. She believes that the way forward is to start a national conversation, where stereotypes and traditional practices are questioned and critically analysed.
- Snowapple is a group of multi-instrumentalists / singers from Amsterdam and Mexico. Playing original songs which they describe themselves as pop/folk/opera/avant-garde-cumbia. The group is currently touring the US, Mexico and Europe and is working on their 4th studio album. Their music has been played multiple times on BBC Radio and they made several appearances on international TV.
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