The abortion rights movement in Argentina is responsible for shifting on-the-ground perception and showing politicians that times have changed, that new generations have different priorities and that it is possible to win elections advocating for legal abortion.
The energy sector in Mexico is known for its gender imbalance. While women are underrepresented in board of directors in all sectors, the energy sector is worse, with only 3% female participation.
In order to support women’s advancement to the upper echelons of the industry, a group of prominent women in the sector have formed an advocacy organization called Voz Experta. The organization aims to advocate for its members to balance out expert panels composed only of men, or “manels.”
Across Latin America and the Caribbean, women land defenders each carry their own stories of persecution and violence. But a transformative multilateral agreement—the Escazú Agreement—could provide a promising path forward.
In April, one in five Latinas were jobless. In November, unemployment will be on their minds.
A record 32 million Latinx people are eligible to vote this year, making them the largest racial or ethnic minority in a presidential election for the first time.
In setting priorities and developing action plans, we need to listen to the women who know best what their communities need and how those needs change over time.
In adopting a feminist foreign policy, Mexico joins conversations on gender equality that are usually monopolized by wealthy nations in Scandinavia and Western Europe. Yet Mexico’s track record of promoting women in politics domestically means it belongs in that rarefied club—and puts to shame the so-called advanced democracies that have fallen behind.
As Latin America battles both the virus and domestic abuse, women’s advocates see a glimmer of hope in innovative protective measures set up by governments and women’s groups that could endure well into the future.
“These movements are very smart and dedicated. They know the solutions they need; now it’s up to the governments to start listening.”
Mexico’s Congress approved an increase in prison sentences for gender-based killings and sexual abuse of minors. While the bill is a welcome step to curb the rising tide of gender-based killings in Mexico and Latin America, governments must do more to fulfill their obligations under international law.
Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre and Ingrid Escamilla were murdered in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico City within two weeks—sparking outrage across the nation and on social media.
State legislators on the front lines of abortion ban battles met women who have been imprisoned as a result of El Salvador’s total abortion ban.