Gender Equality

In Her Name: Marisela Escobedo Ortiz

Escrito por  |  30 / November / 2015

The defensoras, or women human rights defenders, embody courage every moment as systematic violence has broadened its target toward them as a way to disempower women activists, weaken movements for social change, and maintain the patriarchal, militarized Mexican State. Women human rights defenders risk their lives every day to create a Mexico where being a woman doesn’t inherently mean a doomed fate.

Behind Ciudad Juarez’s New Labor Movement

Escrito por  |  4 / November / 2015

In a virtually unprecedented development, labor protest is widening in the maquiladora industry of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While worker dissatisfaction or protest is nothing new in the foreign-owned border factories that produce goods for export to the United States, previous manifestations of discontent in the generally union-free industry have usually been confined to one company at a time.

Latin America’s Persisting Gender Wage Gap

Escrito por  |  16 / September / 2015

In Latin America and the Caribbean, high levels of gender inequality persist in social and economic structures. Labor markets present substantial differences in remunerations between men and women, in a context of extremely high levels of employment in the informal economy.

5 Found Guilty of Murder of 11 Young Women

Escrito por  |  22 / July / 2015

It took the state of Chihuahua 23 years to recognize that it exists in a context of widespread and systematic violence against women that has resulted in cases of disappearance, sexual exploitation, and femicide.

Juarez Femicide Trial Verdict: Milestone or Miscarriage of Justice?

Escrito por  |  21 / July / 2015

In an action that gives the old Friday News Dump an extra twist, a Mexican court handed down a Saturday night verdict in a landmark and controversial case.

Intellectuals and Zapatista Base Communities Meet to Assess “Critical Thought and Capitalism”

Escrito por  |  16 / May / 2015

The seminar “Critical thinking against the Capitalist Hydra”, organized by the EZLN in San Cristobal de Las Casas (Chiapas) from May 3-9 raised issues of extractivism, elections, defense of the land and women’s organizing.

An Unwelcome Mother’s Day

Escrito por  |  13 / May / 2015

Mother’s Day—an emotional date where millions of women celebrate giving birth and the joy of children. However, for one ten-year-old pregnant girl in Paraguay, this day was not one she was hoping to celebrate any time soon.