26-year old artist and activist Isabel Cabanillas De La Torre was assassinated on the border of Juárez. Her murder is under investigation and other women are rallying for justice. They are also protesting to end to the femicides and disappearances of women that have plagued Juárez.
Angelita Baeyens, the program director, advocacy and litigation at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, had been trying to bring the issue back to the spotlight
“This is certainly not the way we would hope to draw attention to violence against women and the epidemic of femicides in Mexico and the region,” Baeyens said. Cabanillas’ death is a blow to the “movement of courageous women activists, many of them mothers, sisters and friends of victims of femicides in Mexico.”
Cabanillas death has been ruled as a killing against women activists and the movement happening in Mexico. Cabanillas worked on gender-based violence with the women’s network Mesa de Mujeres. She also had been a member of Hijas de su Maquilera Madre.
We send our condolences to her family and hope her work continues on.