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This Non-Profit Clothing Company Is Employing At-Risk Women In the Femicide Capital of Mexico

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The women of Juárez, Mexico refuse to be victimized. In the femicide capital of Mexico, feminist activists are taking their socio-economic power back.

Artists and activists Jane Terrazas, Lise Bjorne Linnert and Veronica Corchado have created a company called Ni En More, a not-for-profit clothing company aimed at providing jobs for at-risk women.

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The goal of Ni En More is to create jobs for women that will “provide dignity” and a “sustainable and fair income” but will also “create confidence and skills that contribute to long-term financial independence” for the women they employ. As of now, the company employs a total o f 16 women across the city.

Ni En More’s philosophy isn’t just lip service. The non-profit employs an array of Juárez women, from Indigenous members of the local Raramuri community, to women who have been subjected to domestic violence, to transgender women.

The women who work at Ni En More make bags, dresses, blouses, and most recently, face masks.

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They are trained in the ins-and-outs of the commercial apparel business, from pattern-cutting, to sewing, to quality-control, to shipping. According to the company’s website, their hope is that empowering women through ethical employment will have a ripple effect, spreading confidence “like seeds” across the town of Juárez. 

“Ni En More cannot alleviate the systematic social problems and the violence, but we can create better conditions for development and change,” Terrazas told Vogue. “We believe that economic independence for women is the first step in giving them the freedom they need to make decisions for themselves, thereby helping them face and defeat the challenges of abuse and violence.”

The city of Juárez’s violence stems from its status as a border-town riddled with drug lords and cartels.

Photo: Manny Jorquera
Photo: Manny Jorquera

According to local El Paso news, 1500 people were killed in Juárez in 2019–an average of 4 people per day. The violence in Juárez is pervasive, and women are at the receiving end of a very particular kind of violence: gender-based crime. 

Like Susan Chavez Castillo, a poet and activist whose work inspired the company’s name. Chavez Castillo is widely credited as coining the slogan “Ni Una Menos”. She was actively outspoken about the plague of femicide that was crippling her city as well as her country. In 2011, she was murdered.

“What’s strange is that we’re fighting to eliminate femicide in Juárez,” her friend Linda Meza told the Denver Post at the time. “And look, she died that way, in the hands of criminals.”

But even as feminists are martyred for the cause, the fight to end femicide wages on. And sometimes, the biggest changes come from the places you’d least expect–like a not-for-profit clothing company.

Photo: Manny Jorquera
Photo: Manny Jorquera

“We are not a fashion brand,” Terrazas told Vogue, explaining that the apparel they sell are “symbols” in the larger fight against gender-based violence. “Our garments are conceived in order to create awareness, fairness, and hope.”

Buy from Ni En More and support the fight against femicide here.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

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A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

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A sneaker shop in Germany is selling some of the most iconic Nike sneakers created, the Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.” The sneakers will be sold at a shop in Germany and fans cannot wait to get their hands on these sneakers.

German sneaker fans have a chance to get their hands on a pair of Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.”

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On June 2, the shoes will be available at the shop, and fans can’t wait. The shoe is one way for every Puerto Rican to show their pride in where they come from. The shoes were originally released in 2005 and this release is something exciting.

However, U.S. sneakerheads will be left out.

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The store, which is located in central Germany in the city of Fulda won’t be able to shop these to other countries. That being said, only Germans will likely get their hands on these shoes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel is restricted so it seems likely that you will be able to hop on a plane to get these shoes.

Those lucky enough to get their hands on these shoes can expect to spend 130€ ($142) on them.

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These shoes are not the only way for Puerto Rican fans of Nike shoes to show their cultural pride. The shoe company has other options for the Caribbean people to wear their pride on some sneakers.

The man difference in these shoes from the original is the work on the upper shoe. The upper shoe is a tonal midfoot Swoosh and a navy sockliner. The Puerto Rican flag is embroidered on the tongue and heel fo the shoe to really drive home the Caribbean pride.

Nike has released multiple Puerto Rican-influenced sneakers and they sell quickly.

The sold out Air Max 1 Puerto Rico sold for $140. These were created to celebrate New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The sneakers have the words “Pa’lante Mi Gente” on the inside of the tongue giving a special message to all Puerto Ricans. The sneakers are meant to celebrate not just the culture but the strength of the Puerto Rican people to keep moving forward.

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