As a reader, and a researcher, it can be frustrating to hear about these murders and know that you have little say in stopping them.
But I believe things can be done to stop the violence, and there are actions you can take right now toward ending the violent deaths of women.
1. Educate yourself – if you’ve read this blog, you are now fairly well-versed on the issue. More so than the average American. Spread the word. Write to your elected officials and let them know this concerns you.
2. Donate to worthy organizations – In Juarez, there is a women’s center called Casa Amiga Centro de Crisis A.C. Many individuals, and some corporations have taken the time to donate to them. Honeywell could do the same, like Alcoa, and Pfizer have already done. If you cannot donate money, organizations like this often need your time. Offer to revamp a website or help with PR initiatives.
3. Juarez-free products? – This last one is an idea I’ve had for some time now. What if we promised to buy products that were only manufactured in the U.S.? Could we possibly avoid those products which are produced in the Mexican maquilas? It is a daunting task, because we encounter one of these products every day, from air conditioning, to computer parts and medical equipment. But if a list were available of products to avoid, would you try?