Last week I attended M.E.Ch.A’s event on the oppression of women in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. The event consisted of a video that followed stories of women who had gone missing over the last ten years. Throughout the film, the question that I kept thinking about was “why are these women going missing?”, and even at the end they still have not figured out why they go missing.
Regardless of the reasons why the women are going missing, there is a definite fear that lurks the women demographic in Juarez and the surrounding cities. In an interview with one of the teenage girls, she was questioned if she was afraid of going out at night, and she responded no, that she had nothing fear. But a couple weeks later that exact girl went missing and she was not found.
Some similarities between the women that had gone missing, were specific to certain physical characteristics. Most of the women had long dark hair and were under the age of thirty. Similarly most of the women were either going to work or coming home from work.
Following after the documentary, the president and vice president of M.E.Ch.A held a small discussion about the opinions and reactions to the film. The president of M.E.Ch.A asked if anyone had ever heard of the crimes against women in Ciudad Juarez, and only a few people raised their hands. One person expressed his shock at the extent of the corruption in the local law enforcement.
Prior to this film I had known about the issue through my theology class last semester. Although I had gone over it in class, the film really illustrated the injustice the women of Ciudad Juarez faced.
If you want to learn more about this issue, I recommend not only seeing the film, Senorita Extraviada, but reading Suffrage and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez by Nancy Pineda Madrid.