Mexico: Thousands stay in to protest violence against women

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Untold thousands of women across Mexico have stayed home from work and school as part of a strike to protest rampant and rising gender-based violence. Central streets in the capital are eerily empty of women and girls, with mostly men seen walking to offices, getting off buses or lining up for coffee. At least some metro ticket stations are closed. Even President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning news conference was dotted with empty seats as many female journalists joined the strike. Monday’s protest is billed as “A Day Without Women.” It comes a day after an estimated 80,000 marched through the capital on International Women’s Day.

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