Mexico: UNAM students skip classes to join national women's strike

Thousands of students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in the country's capital, joined the call for a national women's strike, called «A Day Without Us», on Monday. The strike called for women to stop their normal activities such as going to work, taking their children to school or attending university, among others. Footage shows the practically empty rooms of the UNAM... Еще, the largest public university in the country. «I think this is a day we can take advantage of to raise awareness of this issue, not only in Mexico but throughout Latin America and the world in general, so that women can really raise their voices and have the rights they should always have,» said Diego Cortes, a student at the university. The director of the UNAM School of Law, Dr Raul Contreras stated that «they [women] want a change now and I think they have the right to demand it and we, men, have to understand it, we have to respect it, especially in a university.” The strike caused much controversy, receiving criticism from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who, in one of his conferences described the movement as an attempt by the right-wing to destabilise its government.

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