According to the National Citizen Femicide Observatory, at least seven women are killed each day in Mexico — a shocking statistic that María Guadalupe Ramos Ponce is determined to change.
Ramos is a lawyer, a professor at the University of Guadalajara and an adviser to United Nations organization UN Women. She also pours her heart and soul into CLADEM, an international network that connects various women’s organizations and activists throughout Latin America.
“CLADEM opened the door to feminism for me and changed my life,” Ramos told the Guadalajara Reporter.
Through CLADEM, she has been hard at work in Jalisco, fights gender-based violence and helping grieving families seek justice for crimes committed against loved ones. CLADEM plays a crucial role in connecting victims’ parents and siblings with a public prosecutor.
“We accompany the victim’s family, we don’t do the work ourselves,” she said. “The dad, the mom and the sisters come and do the talking.” Connecting the family to authorities is a key step as the victim’s relatives often have no idea where to look. Letting the family testify can also have a huge impact on their case.
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