Mexico strikes automatic child custody for divorced moms

Mexican Supreme Court

11/22/19 – AP News

Mexico’s high court has struck down a clause in the capital’s family code automatically granting custody of young children to mothers in divorce cases.

The Supreme Court found Thursday that the rule governing custody of kids under 12 years old is unconstitutional for making a distinction on gender.

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#MeToo Mexico stirs the cultural industry

4/5/2019 – Deutsche Welle

metooArmando Vega Gil, a bass player from the Mexican band Botellita de Jerez, said he did not want to make anyone responsible for his suicide. Yet in his final post on Twitter, he wrote, “My death is not a confession of guilt. To the contrary, it is a radical declaration of my innocence.”

Prior to his death, he had been accused by an anonymous woman of sexual abuse when she was 13 years old. The woman posted the accusation on Twitter with the hashtag #MeTooMusicosMexicanos (#MeTooMexicanMusicians), a social media campaign encouraging women to bring their experiences with harassment in the music industry to light.

A blow to Mexico’s feminists?

Two days after the musician’s death by suicide on Monday, the social media account that published hundreds of harassment claims against Mexican artists suspended its activities. The campaign’s promoters lamented the death of Vega Gil and apologized for harm caused, while also reiterating the accusations leveled against more than 15 Mexican musicians.

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Mexico acknowledges failure on gender violence, unveils plan

3/7/2019 – Associated Press

cap 2By Maria Verza

Authorities acknowledged Wednesday that Mexico has failed to do enough to protect women and girls, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government presented a plan to combat gender violence.

It includes efforts to identify and fix holes in active murder investigations; to strengthen cooperation between prosecutors, health services and other authorities; to standardize femicide, or killings of women that are directly gender-related, as a crime nationwide; and to search for women as soon as they are reported missing.

Currently, disappearances are often not investigated immediately, and experts say that means critical hours or days are wasted. Femicide is not typified as a crime in 13 states, and women’s advocacy groups have regularly called for that to be remedied.

Nadine Gasman, president of the National Women’s Institute, said during a news conference with Lopez Obrador that the goal is to attend to women “with sensitivity and quality.” She called violence against women “a government problem.”

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Mexico’s supreme court orders domestic workers formalized

12/06/2018 – The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday declared unconstitutional the optional nature of enrolling domestic workers in the social security system and given the government three years to build a system making it mandatory.

It would be a dramatic change for Mexico’s more than 2 million housekeepers, gardeners, cooks and drivers. The change would not only mean employers pay into the country’s social security system, but the workers would gain access to Mexico’s public health system.

A statement from the court said the current system results in discrimination, especially for women who represent nine of 10 domestic workers in Mexico.

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Women won big in Mexico’s elections — taking nearly half the legislature’s seats. Here’s why.

07/11/18 The Washington Post

Margarita_Zavala_De_CalderonWhile observers discuss leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico’s presidential election, complete with majorities in both chambers of congress and control of nearly half the governorships and state legislatures up for election, another historic earthquake has been overlooked: gender parity in congress.

When the new Mexican congress sits on Dec. 1, women will make up 49 percent of the lower house and 51 percent of the senate. Mexico will rank fourth in the world for women’s legislative representation. And it will be the only country with an elected senate that is majority female.

Across the board, Mexican women won big in the July 1 elections. The second most important political position in the country (mayor of Mexico City) also went to a woman. At the subnational level, women will make up 50 percent of most state legislatures.

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‘Impunity has consequences’: the women lost to Mexico’s drug war

12/8/2016 The Guardian 

drug_war_02Lizbeth Amores dropped off her son at her mother’s house before heading to a house party with her friend Verenice Guevara. They were last seen at a bar popular with local gangsters.

The following night, María de Jesús Marthen was among a dozen or so young women invited to a private party at a ranch about an hour east of the city centre. On her way to the event, Marthen messaged her boyfriend, pleading for help.

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“Why Mexico is giving out half a million rape whistles to female subway riders”

10/23/2016 Los Angeles Times 

The protesters boarded the Mexico City subway dressed in black burqas. They weren’t Muslim, just women trying to make a point that their bodies — whether cloaked in heavy cloth or tank tops — weren’t objects to be stared at or touched.

“Do I have to dress like this for you to respect me?” their signs read.

Not long ago, women in Mexico were expected to tolerate roaming hands or lewd comments with eye rolls or silence. But now they’re beginning to fight back.

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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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The state of violence against women in Mexico Maria Murriel, GlobalPost 6:52 a.m. EDT April 25, 2016

4/25/2016 USA Today

Marcha_de_las_putas_en_Costa_Rica,_2011_-10Tourists found dead. Video cameras filming under skirts. An attempt to take off a woman’s underwear mid-stride. And a “pandemic” of femicide — all in Mexico.

For these reasons and many others, a group of women in Mexico organized a state-wide day of action against sexual violence.

Nos Queremos Vivas, “we want to stay alive,” set off a march through the State of Mexico on April 24. Several women’s rights groups signed on to the campaign, many via images shared on social media with the hashtag #24A or #NosQueremosVivas.

Mexican Journalist Lydia Cacho Receives Prestigious French Award

journalismLatin American Herald Tribune, 3/13/2013

The French government named Mexican journalist and activist Lydia Cacho a Knight of the Legion of Honor for her work on behalf of children’s and women’s rights, and for her contribution to freedom of expression.

The honor was awarded Friday on the occasion of International Women’s Day by the French ambassador to Mexico, Elisabeth Beton Delegue, during a ceremony at the diplomat’s residence in the Mexican capital.

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