May 8, 2013
MSN News, 5/8/2013
Mexico’s most populous state is trying a new tactic to curtail extortion among its infamously corrupt municipal police forces — allowing only women to issue tickets for traffic violations. The governor of the state of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila, recently asked 12 of the 18 municipalities around Mexico City to stop issuing traffic tickets until the all-female force is installed.
The municipalities had not been complying with a 2012 law that says only officers on the special female transit teams can issue tickets in Mexico state, which has more than 15 million residents. The women officers, who wear black jackets with bright orange on the chest and shoulders to help drivers identify them easily, are already working in some parts of the state.
April 10, 2013
Criminalization of women who interrupted their pregnancy increased after state reforms that protect life from conception were passed.
Overall 679 Mexican women were denounced for committing abortion between 2009 and 2011.
March 22, 2013
State Police forces and the National Migration Institute (INM) dismantled a prostitution network in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, where 18 women, five Central American migrants and the rest from Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, were forced into prostitution.
March 8, 2013
Sin Embargo, 3/8/2013
Although one might think that discrimination against seniors is a problem that is booming in Mexico, it is a phenomenon that has been around for many decades and has been made visible in recent years thanks to access to information, to the appearance of public policies aimed at this population group, and research about the issue.
In the case of women, most surveys that consider that gender studies focus on those who are economically active or who are of childbearing age. Thus leaving out the elderly.
March 8, 2013
La Jornada, 3/8/2013
61% of femicides concentrate in the State of Mexico, Chihuahua, DF, Guerrero, Baja California, Jalisco, Michoacan, and Veracruz. Records also indicate that some municipalities in these states have femicide rates above the national level.
February 22, 2013
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La Jornada, 2/22/2013
Maria Martinez’s sunken eyes and wrinkled skin make her seem more than 50 years old. In Mixtec, she explains that she does not remember when she was born; meanwhile, the nurse revises her records clarifies the doubt: Maria is 35 years and the baby she carries in her arms is her seventh child.
Like her, many families live with 10 or 15 pesos a day (one quarter of the minimum wage)with which they can only afford pasta, beans and, if revenues improve, chicken or beef every 15 or 30 days. “A chicken costs 80 or 90 pesos, and I can’t afford it,” says Maria.
Even though 300 families receive some aid, malnutrition, remoteness, lack of education, and unemployment keep them in the geography of poverty.
February 19, 2013
El tráfico de mexicanas que son forzadas a prostituirse aquí es un crimen de grandes dimensiones, pese a que algunas de las víctimas se quejan sobre lo complicado que sigue siendo que las autoridades crean sus denuncias de abusos.
“El problema es muy grande, aunque no puedo dar cifras porque no existen sobre estos casos. Pero el número de visas emitidas para víctimas de tráfico en Estados Unidos es muy grande para ciudadanas mexicanas”, dijo Avaloy Lanning, del organismo civil Safe Horizon.
February 14, 2013
El Universal 2/14/2012
Las nueve entidades que registran una tendencia creciente de homicidios de mujeres son Chiapas, Chihuahua, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Sinaloa y Sonora, según un estudio presentado por la subsecretaria de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Lía Limón, en el Senado de la República.
El estudio también analiza las particularidades de cada zona. En el noreste del país, por ejemplo, una mujer de 20 a 24 años tiene 39 veces más riesgo de morir por homicidio, que una mujer de la misma edad de la zona centro del país.
February 11, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 2/9/2013
You might be hard-pressed to find the word “Mexico” in some of the advertising for tourist resorts in Mexico. Brands like “Riviera Maya” often eclipse the name of the country where those lush beaches are located. As deadly violence that has haunted Mexico for years threatens tourist zones, government officials and trade executives are scrambling for ways to minimize damage to an industry that is a top income-earner and employer.
The rapes last week of six Spanish women vacationing in Acapulco have heightened fear and called into question the government’s ability to control crime and attract foreign visitors. It didn’t help that about the same time, Mexico’s minister of tourism was in, of all places, Spain, attempting to promote tourism. “This is Mexico’s moment,” was her theme.