Sun, Mar 8, 3pm
Meet in the gazebo at the Jardín
In Her Shoes program at 4pm
Mon, Mar 9
A Day without a Woman
Wed, Mar 11, 4pm
Sala Quetzal, Biblioteca
Goldman Environmental Prize Winners
Thu, Mar 12, 2pm
Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca
By Trish Snyder
Ser Mujer is in its sixth year of honoring women during Women’s History Month. In 2020, we focus on three areas: Women and Violence, Women and Migration, and Women and the Environment.
The international theme for March 8, is “Recognizing Women’s Rights.” In Mexico, however, women are focused on a very specific right—the right to live without violence. On average, 10 women are killed each day in this country, yet 94 percent of the perpetrators never go to jail.
To draw attention to this problem, women from all over San Miguel de Allende have donated their shoes for a symbolic two-story art installation. The display of 303 pairs of women’s shoes represents the number of femicides that have occurred in the state of Guanajuato in 2019. The shoes will be hung from red ribbons on the two facades of the building at the corner of Julian Carillo and Margarito Ledesma in Colonia Guadalupe across from Gil’s tienda.
The In Her Shoes (En los Zapatos de Ella) installation will be dedicated on Sunday, March 8, at 4 pm and will include music performed by Jessica Sánchez and Mary Gaby Perales Betancourt, poetry by Vicky Delgado, and the reading aloud of the names and ages of the victims of femicide.
Participants are encouraged to gather at 3pm at the gazebo of the Jardín where they will receive black armbands to symbolize their solidarity with women from around the world. They will walk together to the site of the installation.
Monday, March 9, is the national strike “A Day Without a Woman.” Women are encouraged to stay home on this day as a national protest against violence. Many businesses and government agencies are offering employees the day off. Individuals who employ women in their homes are encouraged to offer them a paid day off.
Two films round out the week. Tempestad, by award winning documentary filmmaker Tatiana Hueso will air Wednesday, March 11, at 4pm in the Sala Quetzal.
Grassroots, environmental heroines from around the world will be featured in the film Goldman Environmental Prize Winners on Thursday, March 12, at 2pm at the Teatro Santa Ana.
The suggested donation for tickets is 100 pesos. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit young women studying to become plumbers and electricians and will help them buy tools.
For more information go to www.sermujersma.com.