Milpa Alta, Mexico City, Mexico
The Covid-19 pandemic has put into perspective that domestic life is a risky scenario for thousands of Mexican women. Five sisters who founded the collective "Mujeres de la Tierra" ("Women of the Land") have experienced this violence in their homes and know that if a woman does not have economic autonomy, she will be more limited in separating from her abuser.
It was in Milpa Alta, in the rural area of Mexico City, that the collective took shape to sow and cultivate other ways of living. A struggle to emancipate themselves from their aggressors by reappropriating their life from their own territory. They cultivate corn with which they prepare typical Mexican products in their small workshop that they have built stone by stone. The tamales, tlacoyos and gorditas are redistributed by them via social networks, allowing them to gain economic independence. The Mujeres de la Tierra confront the macho violence that exists in their environment, making their milpa, their hill, their land grow: "They wanted to uproot us, but our roots are well planted.
This work is being done with support from the "National Geographic Society's Covid-19 Emergency Fund."