Disregard and disrespect of women is experienced frequently and horrendously here on the border. The culture of disrespect of women culminates in feminicide--the killing of women simply because they are unimportant and powerless. The perpetrators do not come to justice. Authorities collude in this.
Last night, at Yale Divinity School, Reverend and Doctor Daisy Machado presented the Bainton Lecture, entitled "Border, Borderlands and Disposable Women: A Look at Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders."
Ecofeminists, particularly in the work of Yvonne Gebara, have called Christians to think about the connections between poverty, violence (to Earth and humans), and immigration. When examined from the reality of the U.S./Mexico border the ecological damage/violence, which has been a reality of the maquiladora industry since the 1970s, has escalated to violence against female maquiladora workers, women who “personify the meaning of human disposability.”
This lecture examines how this long history of violence and ecological ruin along the U.S./Mexico border has expanded to a femicide that has taken more than 400 female lives in the city of Juárez. It also considers how the ethical challenges made by ecofeminists can examine this reality and issue a call for justice for the women killed.
Click the video (below) to play it. Mouse over, and the slider appears at the bottom. Move the slider ahead to minute 5 1/2 to arrive at Machado's intro.