On Tuesday, March 8, in recognition of International Women’s Day, El Paso Equal Voice Network (EPEVN) held a public conference that discussed the economic and social justice of women along the border. Addressing the community at Café Mayapan on 2000 Texas Ave., the event’s guest speakers came from organizations La Mujer Obrera, Border Network for Human Rights, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Civil Rights Project/Comite de Justicia Laboral and A.Y.U.D.A. A reception with music by Lucia Veronica Carmona followed the conference.

Prior to the event, activists rallied in front of El Paso City Hall at 8 a.m. to demand an extension of the city’s wage theft ordinance. The council later voted to expand the ordinance so that certain businesses convicted with wage theft will be denied city permits, licenses and registration.

What’s Up spoke with EPEVN member Cemelli De Aztlán to discuss poverty among the region’s Hispanic women, voting in local elections and the origins of International Women’s Day.

Video by Angela Saavedra