As I came out of the Torre Latinoamericana on December 9, I quite literally stumbled into a group of women, children, and a few men, marching and carrying posters, calling for an end to violence against women.
I was swept into the group; to try walking against the human stream was fruitless.
Besides, I was compelled by the woman pushing a stroller, her baby covered by a poster that read (translated): “I have the right to live in a world without violence.”
But for the past couple weeks, I debated with myself about whether I wanted to share these photos. The main reason I considered just leaving them in my portfolio was because I didn’t want to reinforce stereotypes about Mexico and violence against women. Ultimately, though, this isn’t so much about violence against women in Mexico– it’s about violence against women everywhere, and violence in general.
And if we decide to be quiet about violence, to be passive about it, and to not take a stand against it, then we’re simply colluding with perpetrators of violence.