Numerous studies from North- and South-based scholars have examined the femicides and disappearances/abductions of women and girls in Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico. The Campo Algodonero ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2009), where the Court held Mexico responsible for the handling of disappearances and murders of women, whose bodies, like tens of other women, have been found in public spaces in Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico, is widely cited and analysed by feminist lawyers and researchers. Much less is known about the personal and first-hand experiences of women’s rights defenders who contributed to bringing just attention to this phenomenon. This article is about one of the most influential women’s rights defenders in Mexico in the last decades: Lucha Castro. Inspired by a feminist approach of making the personal political and using an auto-ethnographic methodology, this article is authored by Lucha Castro, her daughter, and granddaughter. In first person, and using their voices, they connect their anecdotal and personal experiences to provide a broader understanding of the political and social meanings of violence against women and the creativity deployed to defend human rights and challenge the law in one of the most dangerous places in the world, to be a woman.
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