His role in ‘Narcos: Mexico’ nailed the real price — and victims — of the drug wars

Source: NBC News

Luis Gerardo Méndez almost didn’t get the role that has thrust him into the international limelight: an earnest but flawed police officer obsessed with the unsolved killings of young Mexican women amid drug cartel turf wars in the hit Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

After a successful audition and meetings with the show’s producers, a call from his agent interrupted his premature celebrations.

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Clutching graveyard crosses, hundreds protest violence against women in Mexico

11/04/2021

Source: Reuters

Holding aloft crosses bearing the names of murdered women, hundreds of people marched in Mexico’s capital on Wednesday to protest violence against women amidst a steady nationwide increase in femicides.

Chanting “We are your voice,” organizers used megaphones to read out the names of murdered women in downtown Mexico City.

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Women across Latin America march in favor of abortion rights

09/29/2021

Source: Reuters

 Thousands of women demonstrated in several Latin American cities on Tuesday to commemorate the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion, in a region where the procedure is fully permitted only in a handful of countries.

In Mexico City, women marched to the historic center under the gaze of police with shields and riot helmets. Authorities put up protective fences on some major buildings and monuments that in the past have been spray-painted during demonstrations.

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Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes

09/27/2021

Source: The New York Times

Estrella has long, wavy, jet-back hair. She tries to tame it with a thick-toothed comb in the backyard of her house, among the chickens, hammocks and looms. All around her, relatives come and go.

It is November 2015, and Estrella is preparing for the annual festival called La Vela de las Auténticas Intrépidas Buscadoras del Peligro, or the Festival of the Authentic and Intrepid Danger-Seekers. There, alongside a community of fellow muxes — people who are born male but who adopt roles and identities associated with women — she will vie to be crowned the queen of the ceremony.

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Ten women and girls killed every day in Mexico, Amnesty report says

09/21/2021

Source: The Guardian

At least 10 women and girls are murdered every day in Mexico, according to a new report that says victims’ families are often left to carry out their own homicide investigations.

The scathing report, released on Monday by Amnesty International, documents both the scale of the violence and the disturbing lack of interest on the part of Mexican authorities to prevent or solve the murders.

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Mexico’s abortion ruling could make waves beyond its borders

09/13/2021

Source: CNN

The ground literally shook on the day the Mexican Supreme Court decriminalized abortion: On September 7, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Mexican Pacific coast, rocking several states and killing one person.

It lasted about a minute. But the shockwaves sent across the region by the court’s abortion ruling will be felt for years to come.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Greenlit Abortion. Will Doctors and Nurses Listen?

09/13/2021

Source: New York Times

As soon as the nurse found out that she had an abortion at home, Fernanda García knew she was in danger. The nurse began yelling that she was a criminal, that what she had done was wrong, that she would be sent to jail.

“She told me that they were going to report me, that I was going to face charges,” said Ms. García, who went to the hospital last month after experiencing pain and bleeding. “I’ve never felt so scared in my life.”

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Abortion Is No Longer a Crime in Mexico. But Most Women Still Can’t Get One.

09/09/2021

Source: New York Times

When the Supreme Court in Mexico issued a historic decision on Tuesday declaring that having an abortion was not a crime, activists across the country celebrated. On Wednesday, they got back to work, taking on the long and arduous process of ensuring that the legal shift applies across Mexico.

Among their top priorities are helping the women who need it most: those facing criminal penalties, often after having been reported to the authorities for trying to induce an abortion themselves under dangerous conditions.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Votes to Decriminalize Abortion

09/08/2021

Source: New York Times

Criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, setting a precedent that could lead to legalization of the procedure across this conservative Catholic country of about 130 million people.

The unanimous ruling from the nation’s top court follows years of efforts by a growing women’s movement in Mexico that has repeatedly taken to the streets of major cities to demand greater rights and protections.

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In Mexico, Veracruz becomes fourth state to allow abortion

07/21/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s southeastern state of Veracruz will become the fourth state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to clear away criminal penalties for elective abortion after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to decriminalize the procedure.

The initiative to allow abortions by choice passed in a 25-13 vote with one abstention, Veracruz’s Congress said in a statement.

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