Mexican president under fire for defending politician accused of rape


Source: The Guardian

A growing row over a gubernatorial candidate facing accusations of rape has once again pitted Mexico’s populist president against women’s rights campaigners.

Félix Salgado Macedonio has registered to run for governor in southern Guerrero state with the ruling Morena party, despite accusations of sexual violence and rape by five women dating back as far as 1998.


Making a noise about machismo in Mexico

5/20/16 BBC

mexican women rights“Machismo has to die,” chanted protesters as they walked through the centre of Mexico City last month.

Thousands of people came out onto the streets to say enough was enough.

The macho culture is all pervasive in Mexico and many of those at the march think its emphasis on male pride is a contributing factor in the high rates of violence against women that Mexico is experiencing.

It is estimated that nine out of 10 women (link in Spanish) have been subjected to sexual violence, whether on the streets or at home.

‘Tired of the violence’

“I’m here because I’m tired of the violence against women in Mexico,” said Ana Carlota Velazquez, a student.

“I’m tired of living it and hearing it happen to my friends, in the streets, on public transport, in university and at work.”


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Violence puts Mexico among worst G20 countries for women

Katherine Baldwin, Trust Law, 6/13/2012

Physical and sexual violence, a culture of male chauvinism, drug-related crime and poor access to healthcare in rural areas mean Mexico is among the worst places to be a woman out of the world’s most industrialised nations, a Thomson Reuters Foundation global survey of experts found on Wednesday.

The rash of unresolved murders of women in border towns like Ciudad Juarez and sexual attacks on migrant women contributed to Mexico’s poor ranking, despite the country’s economic progress and international prominence, experts said.

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In Mexico’s Countryside, Machismo on Wane

The Wall Street Journal, 6/06/2012

Every year for the past decade, 200,000 Mexican men have left for the U.S.

The result has been a steady reshaping of everyday culture around those left behind—usually forcing women to become breadwinners. And as the shift deepens, it is upending one of the long-standing cultural pillars here: the Mexican cult of machismo.

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Archbishop warns that machismo persists in Mexico (in Spanish)

Virgin Guadalupe, still a powerful image of femininity in Mexico
Virgin Guadalupe, still a powerful image of femininity in Mexico

El Universal, 3/8/2009

Archbishop José Guadalupe Martín Rábago said that the culture of machismo in Mexico continues to plague women in their homes and workplaces.

On International Women’s Day, the archbishop emphasized that women’s rights- and dignity- should be respected in Mexico.

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