Red bench will make violence against women visible in Yucatán

The installation and unveiling of the plaque that took place in the “Parque de la Paz” was part of the activities of the campaign known as “Juntas contra la violencia” (Together against violence).

The ceremony was held in Mérida’s “Parque de la Paz” as part of the “Juntas contra la violencia” campaign, that aims at making people aware of the large number of cases of feminicide and violence against women registered throughout the country and around the world.

Merida has become the tenth city to install a Red Bench as part of this international awareness-raising initiative.

The Director of the National Network of Shelters and the APIS Civil Association, Wendy Figueroa Morales stressed that the murders of women are terrible and extremely regrettable events, but that they can be eliminated through actions carried out by men and women on a daily basis.

She regretted that despite the fact that Yucatan is the safest state in the country, there are situations of violence and feminicides, like the one that took place just a few days ago in the Emiliano Zapata Sur neighborhood, in southern Mérida.

In Mexico, 10 feminicides are registered every day.

“The red bench has the purpose to remind us of the hundreds of women who have been murdered simply because of their gender. The red color represents the blood of the victims”, Figueroa Morales declared.

The unveiled plaque has three emergency line numbers engraved for attention to women: the Woman’s Helpline 800-455-76-72, from APIS Sureste 9999-88-40-48 and from the National Network of Shelters 800- 822-44-60.

The Yucatan Times
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