Mexico’s largest university is hosting a conference on feminism with no female panelists

mexican woman flag.jpg10/04/2017 The Washington Post

This week, Mexico’s biggest university began advertising a conference on feminism. There would be two panels exploring big issues such as law and economics. The organizers had thought of everything, right down to the cheerful pink fliers used to alert students.

They’d thought of everything, it seems, except including a woman.

The fact that all 11 members of the session’s two panels are male sparked a fierce outcry on social media.

It turns out, though, that the gender imbalance was by design.

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‘The Social Contract Is Broken’: Inequality Becomes Deadly in Mexico

09/30/2017 New York Times

Credit: Brett Gundlock for The New York Times

MONTERREY, Mexico — Viewed from above, greater Monterrey, with its corporate headquarters and golf resorts, appears as one city stretching between the mountains that surround it.

Closer up, though, it becomes clear that invisible walls enclose Monterrey’s wealthy core, creating a dividing line between its four million residents. For the people within those invisible walls, government is responsive and crime low. Those outside face rising murder rates, corruption and, activists say, police brutality.

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After New Travel Warning, Questions About Safety in Mexico

09/29/2017 New York Times.

Mexican Federal Police patrolling a beach in Cancún, Mexico, in January. Credit: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On Aug. 22, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning on Mexico, advising caution in several popular beach destinations, including Cancún, the Riviera Maya and Los Cabos, for the first time.

The warning notes that murder, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery have been on the rise as rival gangs battle over territory. Recent shootings in Los Cabos, Cancún and Playa del Carmen indicate those conflicts have surfaced in popular beach destinations, although the statement notes that tourists have not been targets.

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Reporter killed in Mexico was at least 9th journalist slain this year

CBS News 8/23/2017 

XALAPA, Mexico — A newspaper reporter in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz who was enrolled in a government protection program for journalists was killed Tuesday along with two other men, one of his editors and a journalist advocacy group said.

Candido Rios Vazquez, a crime reporter for the newspaper Diario de Acayucan, was at least the ninth journalist slain this year in Mexico. More than 100 journalists have been killed in the past 25 years, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“Every journalist in Mexico is a target now,” Luis Chaparro, a freelance journalist in Ciudad Juarez, told “CBSN: On Assignment.”

The State Commission for Attention and Protection of Journalists and Cecilio Perez Cortes, deputy editor at Rios’ newspaper, said the reporter was in the federal government’s mechanism for protection of journalists and human rights workers.

Perez said Rios had been threatened repeatedly since 2012 by a former mayor of Hueyapan de Ocampo and had a panic button on his cellphone and a security camera at his home. Rios had just finished his work for the day around 3 p.m. and was on his way home, Perez said.

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Journalist killed by gunmen in Mexican state of Veracruz

08/23/2017 Reuters

veracruzMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead a reporter in the violent Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday, authorities said, bringing to at least nine the number of journalists killed in the country this year.

Reporter Candido Rios and two other men died after being shot by the unknown assailants in the municipality of Hueyapan in the south of Veracruz, local police said in a statement.

Murders have risen significantly in Mexico during the past couple of years, and 2017 is on course to be the bloodiest year on record, underlining the failure of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government to tame the violence.

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Anti-NAFTA Protests Hit Mexico As Government Fights To Keep Trade Deal

8/17/2017 Huffington Post 

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – While Mexican government negotiators fought tooth and nail to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of Mexican farmers and workers took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the deal be scrapped.

Carrying banners that read “No to the FTA,” and decorated with images of the distinctive hairstyles of U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, the protesters said the 1994 deal had devastated Mexican farms.

“We are against the treaty and the renegotiation because it has not benefited the country,” said university union spokesman Carlos Galindo, reflecting views widely held in the early years of the trade pact.

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Another journalist has been gunned down in Mexico — the eighth killed this year

07/31/2017 Los Angeles Times

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A journalist celebrating his 29th birthday was shot dead early Monday at a bar in the Mexican resort city of Rosarito.

Luciano Rivera Salgado, who covered crime for a Baja California television channel and published a news website called El Dictamen, is at least the eighth journalist to be killed this year in a country that ranks among the most dangerous for members of the media.

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