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International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, Tuesday, March 8, Ser Mujer honored the women and girls who have disappeared, in the last year, in Mexico, particularly in the State of Guanajuato. We commemorated their lives by putting each of the names of the disappeared on its own red dress.


Jody Nolan, translator
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Vicky Short, Maribel Fajardo, Rebecca Eichler
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In May 2010, the first Red Dress event was held in Canada to honor and commemorate murdered or missing First Nations women in Canada and the United States. Unfortunately, the disappearances of women are not limited to one country. Increasingly, disappearances are affecting women throughout the world.

In Mexico the women, especially those under 20 years old, disappear in increasingly alarming numbers. Currently, an estimated five to ten women disappear every day. In 2021, 3,099 women were registered as missing throughout the country. While some of these women are found alive, most families remain without news of their fate for a long time.


Sandy Delgado, psychologist and Trish Snyder, one of the Ser Mujer founders
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Sandy Delgado and her daughter Vive
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Maricela Daniels, attorney
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It is in this context, that Ser Mujer displayed these red dresses read out each of the names of the women who went missing in Guanajuato in 2021.

Additionally, Ser Mujer, wants to express our solidarity with the pain of all the families who live with the suffering resulting from the disappearance of these women. We cannot forget each of them is a daughter, mother or sister of someone who hopes to see them again.

A disappearance has profound effects on those left behind. It inflicts intense and continuous pain, which does not stop until the missing person is found or the whereabouts of their remains are known. In fact, families who miss a loved one are relentless in their faith that they will one day return. Unless they are certain of that person's fate, their lives are defined by an ambiguous limbo, between hope and grief. There is no resolution or closure that allows a person to move on. Only when the family finds answers, even in the form of remains, can they accept their loss and continue their lives.


Diane Daley
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Kate Van Doren, artist, art therapist. Currently has a red dress installation at Van Doren Gallery, Fabrica Aurora
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Scarlett Rizvi and her daughter Alaina, student at Victoria Robbins School.
Under the guidance of her teacher Emma Guerra, she and other students produced a bilingual video aimed at prevention and awareness.
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Because of the insufficient institutional response, several families of disappeared persons, mostly women, have organized and dedicated themselves to the search for their loved ones. Many have had to change their lifestyle, taking up two jobs, to gather the necessary resources to do so. The indifference that they sometimes encounter on the part of the authorities causes great pain and suffering. However, the active search and solidarity they find with other relatives of the disappeared encourages them to continue, to mobilize and formulate demands to the authorities and to share experiences with other associations, that continue to emerge. 

At Ser Mujer, we recognize this important leadership role that women have assumed in these processes. Their actions are gradually having an impact on government structures and on their efforts to trace the disappeared.

On Women's Day, and every day, we remember the right of women to lives free of violence and without restrictions to their freedom. We honor and remember the disappeared women and express our solidarity with their relatives and family.


Ilithya Guevera, volunteer
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Liah Alonso, musician
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Scarlett Rizvi, Alaina Rizvi and Trish Snyder
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Mujeres Desaparecidas, women who went missing in the State of Guanajuato in 2020 and 2021.
Other women went missing and were found dead, but these are the names of those who are still missing:

Adriana Montserrat Gutierrez Rodriguez
Alejandra Vázquez Martínez
Alexa Marbella Thoman Torres
Alice Realivasquez Mancillas
Alondra Chantal Espinosa Carmona
Alondra Jazmín Martinez Ortega
Ana Karen Pérez García Na Villagran
Andrea Guadalupe Gonzalez Martinez
Andrea Guadalupe Ramos Lopez
Abril Alejandra Flores Serroque
Angela Rosaura Soto González
Araceli Cervantes Velazquez
Aylen Shiomara Navarrete Garcia
Aytana Yamilet Moreno
Bethzabet Aguilar Lendechy
Blanca Estela Cervantes Flores
Blanca Michelle Guadalupe Ramírez Chávez
Blanca Selene Medina Elizarraráz
Brenda Alicia Gomez Gonzalez
Brenda Magali Sanchez Zamarripa
Carolina Estafania Martinez
Carolina Roldán Nava
Catalina Lagunas Ledesma
Cecilia Karely Mendoza Lopez
Chelsi Mariana Jaramillo Mosqueda
Cindi Beatriz Rodriguez Segura
Claudia Andrea Ramos Andrade
Cristina Michelle Velázquez González
Dana Alessandra Vázquez Ortega
Dania Gabriela Villagomez Martínez
Daniela Elizabeth Tovar Ibarra
Daniela Sarai Sicoli Lopez
Danya Monserrat Garza Torres
Debra Sofia Ortega Acosta
Diana Guadalupe Maldonado Vargas
Dina Victoria Ariza Peralta
Dulce Alejandra Marmolejo López
Dulce Olivia Rodriguez Dominguez
Eimy Graciela Alvarez Pelua
Elena Nicole Estrada Centeno
Eligia Adelaida Aranda Suarez
Elizabeth Alcantar Herrera
Elizabeth Valdez Arreola
Esmeralda Guadalupe Santibañez Zuñiga
Esthela Rodríguez Rivera
Estrella Abigaly Cornejo Mondragón
Fatima Rosalía Sánchez Rodríguez
Georgina Jasso Aguiñana
Georgina Villegas Moreno
Gloria
Gloria Paola Avila Trenado
Grisell Perez Rivera
Guadalupe Martinez
Hanna Paola Vargas Martínez
Ingrid Rocio Diaz Cundapi
Irma Maria Jose Simon Esquivel
Ivete Castro Espinoza
Ivonne Sheila Serralde Jimenez and her daughters: Maria Fernanda Serralde, Maria Jose Serralde, and Mary Celeste Serralde
Jackelin Estrada Marmolejo
Jazmin De Jesus Nava Rayas
Jazmín Itzel Muñoz Pérez
Jazmín Janet Vargas Ávila
Jessica Daniela Caudillo Guzmán
Jessica Guadalupe Beltrán Medina
Josselyn Navarrete
Juana Villafuerte Prieto
Juanita Fernanda Almeida Gutierrez
Judit Sanchez Ortiz
Julissa Estefanía Casas Aguilar
Karen Hervey Ruiz
Karen Johana Molina Sánchez
Karen Vianey Lopez Ramirez
Karen Viviana Soto Godinez
Karla Yuritzi
Katerin Yamilet Ruiz Perez
Lakshmy Danya Monserrat Garza Torres
Laura Angelica Negrete Tafoya
Laura Gabriela Reyna Vázquez
Leylani Cruz
Liliana Perez Vazquez
Lizet Carolina Vargas Cervantes
Luz Andrea Duran Alba
Luz Aurora Sanchez Aguirre
Luz Clarita Zavala López
Luz Maria Tovar Pizano
Ma. Dolores Gonzalez Coronilla
Ma. Guadalupe Mendoza Álvarez
María Del Consuelo Herrera Granados
Maria Dolores Grimaldo Navarro
María Fátima Lisset Delgado Elías
Maria Fernanda Roque Rodriguez
Maria Fernanda Serralde
María Guadalupe Cervantes Hernández
Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez Franco
Maria Isabel Hernandez Gutierrez
María José Macías Padilla
Maria Jose Serralde
María Plácida Vázquez Avila
Maria Salomé González Rodríguez
María Selene Martínez García
Mariana Sánchez Del Bosque
Maricela Bravo Na Irapuato
Mariela Martinez Morin
Mariela Martinez Morin and Juan Javier Navarro Garcia
Marisela Bravo Acosta
Marisol Cardoso Chávez
Marisol Villasana González
Marjorie Molina Ferrer
Marta Imelda Herrera Sanchez
Martha Viridiana Gonzalez Ramírez
Martiza Guerrero Juarez
Mary Celeste Serralde
Mary Josefina Castillo Tellez
Mónica Fernanda Orozco Soto
Mónica Miguel Navarro Rivera
Monserrat León Canchola
Nanci Azucena García
Nanci Azucena García Ramírez
Nancy Cecilia Montoya
Maria Isabel Perez Cervantes
Nancy Cecilia Montoya
Nancy Esmeralda Diaz Calix
Natalia Garcia Calderon
Nataly Alejandra Angel Saenz
Nelly Adilene Palma Martinez
Nohemi Azucena Diaz Salinas
Norma Alicia Tamayo Rancel
Olga Sanchez Baltazar
Olivia González Núñez
Perla Brillett Mendoza Castro
Perla Dali Olvera Ramirez
Piedad Estefanía Villalobos Valdés
Renata Ainara Reyes Santana
Rosa Maria De La Luz Arias Hernandez
Rosa Mercedes Ortega Sandoval
Rosalía Ramírez Vázquez
Rozanne Cardenas Nieblas
Rubí Guadalupe Sánchez López
Sanjuana Fernanda Jiménez Ramos
Sara Fernanda Mendoza López
Selene Suzett Olvera Muñoz
Sharon Estefani Carreño Ortiz
Sharon Gaudet Falcón García
Stephany Alejandra Martínez Badillo
Tabatha Romina Baez Garduno
Valeria Rangel
Vanessa Montserrat Ramirez Mendoza
Vanessa Tinajero Jiménez
Verónica Margarita Rodriguez Ponce
Wendy Sanchez
Ximena Lopez Gutierrez
Yareli Licea
Yazny Lucero Garza Bautista
Zara Shalom Correa

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