News from Around Banderas Bay | November 2009
|March Against Domestic Violence Draws Women in Large Numbers|
Roberta Rand - SF Productions
November 27, 2009
In a show of solidarity against domestic violence on November 25th, women (and men) from all over Mexico converged on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta to march against violence that, according to one expert, is perpetrated daily against women and children in four out of ten Mexican households.
|On November 25th, women (and men) from all over Mexico converged on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta to march against violence.|
The march was held in conjunction with the International Day of Protest Against Domestic Violence, and sponsored in part by Puerto Vallarta's Women's Institute. As curious tourists and business owners looked on, marchers crowded onto Paseo Diaz Ordaz, cordoned off for the event. There were representatives from all the states of Mexico - many dressed in indigenous clothing, others in colorful aprons, and still others in white to symbolize peace.
Women and children of all ages participated. Many elderly women, shoulders hunched from lifetimes of grueling poverty and hard work, braved the cobblestones and steep steps leading to the amphitheater to show their support. Crowd estimates ranged from 1500 to 2000.
The march started at the beginning of the Malecon, headed by a school band, and proceeded to the amphitheater next to the Naval Museum, where the audience was addressed by several dignitaries before a program of films, poetry recitations and music
"All women and children deserve to live in non-violent homes," said one marcher. "We have to let the world know that hitting women is not acceptable anywhere in the world, under any circumstances."
Roberta Rand is Public Relations Manager for SF Productions TV, a full service production and marketing company in Puerto Vallarta. Prior to relocating to Mexico from Colorado Springs with her dog, Bo, Roberta worked as a magazine editor, web editor and marketing copywriter. She is also an essayist and author, whose book "Playing the Tuba at Midnight" explored the quirks of living single.
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