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.
The girl who came to the rural health center in Jocotán was only 13. I cannot forget her face. Her eyes were wide with terror and shame. Her voice trembled when she finally got up the nerve to speak, and then she collapsed, crying. She was pregnant. She had no idea how it had happened. It seems incredible, but nobody had ever explained to her how her body worked.
Social class and education could not save her. My colleague and friend, despite all her vigilance, earned el derecho de descansar in her death by feminicidio. She fought for her life and lost.
In her new memoir, Knitting the Fog, chapina writer Claudia Hernández reflects on the impact of her mother’s difficult decision to flee domestic violence and poverty in Guatemala and immigrate illegally into the U.S.
“The fear for us is not new. We have always been scared.”