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While Lawyers Club’s International Women’s Day luncheon was postponed, we can still acknowledge the importance of International Women’s Day by recognizing the struggles of women outside our country. Women in Mexico marked International Women’s Day by joining in a nationwide protest and strike against the extraordinary level of violence perpetrated against women.
In Mexico, an average of ten women are killed every day. This national feminist movement was meant to bring attention to long ignored issues of gender-based violence that has become commonplace in Mexico. The women seek to not only reduce violence against women but also broader gender equality, including reproductive rights and equal pay.
The struggle in Mexico mirrors the struggle women face here the United States. Notably, the march and strike are said to partly be inspired by the #MeToo movement. Photos of the protest also echo the images of millions of marchers who participated in recent women’s marches in the United States.
While women’s rights are human rights, those rights continue to be abused and ignored in our own community. One in four women in the U.S. have been the victims of domestic violence. In 2018, 17,513 domestic violence incidents were reported in San Diego County with 15 incidents resulting homicide. Besides domestic violence, women also face discrimination, harassment, unequal pay, and a loss of reproductive rights. As we lend support to women everywhere, you can take further action by joining our Women’s Advocacy Committee that advocates for laws supporting women’s rights.
Elvira Cortez practices business and commercial litigation and employment defense at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP and is the 2019-2020 president of Lawyers Club.