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Gender Justice Journal

Teresa Fernández Paredes *

Ciudad Juárez is a city of contrasts, as difficult as any other border city where people from different places come with the hope of finding a job in one of the maquilas or crossing to the other side. It is a city that suffers terrible violence, but at the same time where the bravest women I have ever met fight. It is a city of extreme temperatures, ranging from dry stifling heat during the day to below zero temperatures at night, due to its location in the middle of the Chihuahua desert. This very desert has witnessed one of the worst problems of Ciudad Juárez: the atrocious and systematic violence against women, particularly against girls and young women, who one day simply do not return home, do not answer calls from their desperate families, and whose bodies appear abandoned and half-buried in the sand.


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