The term feminicide, or femicide, refers to violence perpetrated by men against women as such, since they belong to the female gender. Feminicide also includes all cases of murder in which a woman is killed by a man for reasons related to her gender identity.
The most striking case is the female feminicide in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It seems a horror movie, but unfortunately it is a true story: 430 women (aged between 6 and 25) found massacred in the fields near Ciudad Juarez, and another 600 have disappeared since 1993.
Every day, a woman, a girl or even a little girl does not return home and the family can not mourn the dead body.
The bodies afflicted by violence are often immersed in acid, burned or thrown in the rubbish. They have the unmistakable signs of torture and genital mutilations caused by objects inserted into their cavities. These women are kidnapped by gangs of “hunters” for perverse erotic games and/or to create the so-called “snuff movies”, pornographic videos of violence that degenerates into death.
Murder after murder, Ciudad Juarez has become the most dangerous place in the world.
The 25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and raising awareness on this issue is becoming more and more important. For the first time, in 2009 a protest, goes down in history as “Zapatos Rojos”, was organized in front of the Municipality of Ciudad Juarez, where 300 red shoes were placed. The shoes belonged to friends and relatives of women who died, coming together symbolically in this walk of denunciation.
“Zapatos Rojos” is an invitation to express solidarity with women victims of violence or that were killed, a way to remind the authorities that there are still dozens and dozens of cases that have not been resolved and people have not forgotten them.