Pregnant indigenous Mexican women face hospital discrimination

October 17, 2013

doctors by Flikr user Gov BaThe Los Angeles Times, 10/16/2013

Irma Lopez, a Mazatec Indian, waited to receive attention at a medical clinic in Oaxaca, but her labor pains became overwhelming. Spurned by the nurses, she retreated outdoors — and abruptly gave birth to a baby boy on the hospital lawn.

A few days later, it was revealed that two other pregnant indigenous women had also been turned away from Oaxaca hospitals, one of whom also delivered on the lawn, and that a fourth woman had been forced to have her baby on the reception floor at a hospital in Puebla.

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Will all-female traffic cops fix Mexico state corruption?

May 8, 2013
MSN News

MSN News

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.

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266 Women are Accused for Abortion Each Year (Spanish)

April 10, 2013


Reforma, 4/9/2013

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.

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18 Women Who Were Sexually Exploited in Chiapas are Freed (Spanish)

March 22, 2013

Proceshuman trafficking by Flikr user Brett Jordano, 3/22/2013

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.

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Rate of female participation in Mexico’s workforce 44.46% (2008) – #MexFacts

March 11, 2013

MexFact - Women Workforce

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To Be an Older and Invisible Woman (Spanish)

March 8, 2013

folk art - communitySin 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.

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61% of femicides concentrate in 8 states (Spanish)

March 8, 2013

femicidesLa 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.

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Surviving with $15 pesos (Spanish)

February 22, 2013
Photo by Flickr User Global Tribe

Photo by Flickr User Global Tribe

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.

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NGOs claim that little attention has been given to Mexican women who are victims of sex trafficking (Spanish)

February 19, 2013
hands in handcuffsSin Embargo, 2/18/2013
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.
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Femicide cases increase in 9 states (Spanish)

February 14, 2013

femicidesEl 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.

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