08.20.1312:08 PM ET

100 Women vs. Mexican Gangs

Pledge to use weapons as means of protection.

Fed up with drug and crime gangs in their community, more than 100 Mexican women in the town of Xaltianguis pledged to use whatever means necessary to defend it. The women partnered with the self-defense group Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State over the past four days. Twelve women in nine groups will be trained to use firearms to patrol the town during the daytime. They have about 80 firearms that are rotated among members. “Women are brave, and we are capable of defending our town,” says member and mother of two Silvia Hipolito.