Nobel Laureate Jody Williams joined over 100,000 people in Mexico City in a solidarity march demanding that those responsible for the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa be held accountable. While in Mexico, she also joined JASS Mesoamerica to address the persistent sexual violence against women and police brutality.
Jody met with women survivors around the Breaking the silence: All Together Against Sexual Torture Campaign, launched in May this year. The campaign highlights testimonies of women who have survived the systematic pattern of sexual torture faced by Mexican women who are detained by police, military and marine officers. She brought those testimonies to representatives of the federal government and a committee of Members of Parliament as a follow up to the 2012 Nobel Women report, “From Survivors to Defenders: Women face violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.”
“In Mexico, the situation for women is unbearable: violence in the house, in the street, in the defense of human rights.” — Jody Williams
Aytozinapa: A tipping Point in the Mexican Crisis, JASS Mesoamerica, November 5, 2014.
Fugitive Mexican mayor detained by police, Aljazeera, November 4, 2014.
Parents of 43 missing Mexico students meet with president over a month after disappearance, The Globe and Mail, October 30, 2014.