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Shoe shops, perfumiers and even ministry reception counters were left eerily empty in Mexico on Monday as the countrys female population staged a nationwide “Day Without Us” strike to protest against gender-based violence. FRANCE 24s Laurence Cuvillier, Matthieu Comin and Alison Sargent report.


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An average of 10 women were killed in Mexico each day in 2019. It is a death toll that prompted millions of mothers, daughters and sisters to walk out of their jobs on Monday to underscore what a society without them would look like. The nationwide wildcat strike, which is expected to cost the Mexican economy $1 billion, follows a series of protests held on International Womens Day to protest violence against women.

At the countrys labour ministry, where 62 percent of the workforce are women, men have been temporarily deployed to work the counters.

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