More Than 100 Mexican Women Take Up Firearms to Protect Town

"Women were among the biggest supporters when the community self-defense forces were being formed, telling men that 'either you join or I join,'" Jimenez said.

In the past few months, vigilante groups such as these, have become more and more popular in several states throughout Mexico.

"Women are brave and we are capable of defending our town," said Silvia Hipolito, a mother of two and member of the Xaltianguis protection group.