Vanessa’s case has been emblematic, especially because their loved ones continue the fight to make this crime be recognized before the State as a feminicide. Her family, friends and acquaintances placed the case in the voice of the public opinion and have pressured, both in the media and before the law, to stop characterizing this murders as “crimes of passion”. This has created awareness about the patriarchy as a social structure and about the risk to life involved in being a woman (or female) in this society.
The Justice Platform for Vanessa, created shortly after her death, has accompanied several cases of feminicide in recent years, claiming to society and the State, justice for these type of crimes. This has risen the first national march against feminicide in 2016: Vivas Nos Queremos Ecuador. The photos do not speak of this particular struggle, but of the woman whose loss summoned this national feminist movement. They are about who and what that single mother left behind, a woman like hundreds of thousands who have been and continue to be murdered by male and patriarchal violence. This work was published by the feminist digital magazine LaPeriódica.