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The real value of women in Mexico

We live in a society where family is important and having one on their own must be the principal achievement for all women. However, violence and disrespect toward women have always been present in our society, and it is a problem that is now evident in the increasing number of women’s deaths. We live in a male chauvinistic society. Everything in our behavior reflects that condition. We all learn and grow up with this. People don’t realize it but even the insults that we use refer to women and reflect the value that society gives to women. For example, insults like “chinga tu madre” and “hijo de puta” make reference to women. In some cases it is explicitly referring to “your mother”, in others just using the feminine gender of the word. Insulting the mother is the worst offense that you can make to another person, but at the same time it is frequently used in colloquial speech when referring to things that are not working well for us.

This negative assumption has been present in the evolution of our Mexican society. And now as a result of this, this negative assumption crossed the borders of respect and human rights. With all this said it is incredibly scary to see the negative perception that feminist women could have. They seem like “crazy women that don’t want to settle down”, that want their freedom to become a libertine, or in best of cases as unruly groups. This irrational argument has tried to discredit these women’s work to guarantee the respect of human rights. And in some cases is taken seriously. That is one of the reasons why the crimes in Ciudad Juarez haven’t been prosecuted, why the domestic violence is increasing in conservative or rural communities.

This is not the only problem that Mexico has, but I think this is a problem that can be overcome using tools like PulseWire to support the efforts made in the country to educate our population and re-educate women about their own value and capacity as women. Women educate boys and girls on how to treat women. And we need to empower organizations that seek gender equality and human rights. In Mexico each governmental level has a gender equality office that works most of the time without real political support and with limited funds to educate women in rural communities. We need to use this forum to facilitate their communication with the world, to promote their work and contribute to build their capacity as institutes in charge of guaranteeing the respect and empowerment of women in Mexico

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RocioG's picture

Pasión mujer!

que pasión en tu escrito Daniela, increible! es cierto necesitamos foros, y no solo derechos humanos leyes y gobiernos, pero mucho también en las casas, verdad? también crecí con estos estereotipos que no me dejaban encontrar esa paz, que ahora apenas estoy alcanzando. Y con mucho gusto, estoy contigo en esta busqueda de foros, de trabajo y comunicación.
Buen trabajo

danielatort's picture

Gracias por tu comentario, Es

Gracias por tu comentario,
Es increible que sigan existiendo estos estereotipos en Mexico, pero te los encuentras en todos lados, hasta en las "mejores familias". Para mi fue especialmente dificil cuando tuve que ir a vivir con mi padre y su esposa que daba prioridad a los hombre y me intento educar para siempre servir a un hombre. Imaginate este shock despues de vivir con una mama aventurera, artista, abierta mentalmente... fue una sorpresa encontrarme con estos estereotipos, fue la primera vez que me enfrete estas ideas, y despues me di cuenta que estaba en todo, en el lenguaje, en la forma en la que nos relacionamos entre hombres y mujeres...

A pesar de esto, creo que Mexico se ha desarrollado positivimente en relacion a este aspecto. Todavia hay camino por recorrer para garantizar el respeto a los derechos de las mujeres, pero hay vamos, poco a poco, hay que trabajar con todos y el cambio va a tomar varias decadas, pero lo vamos a lograr!

Saludos!!!

Sandra Nassali's picture

Hello, its so unfortunate

Hello, its so unfortunate that what happens to women in Mexico is what happens world over. Women continue to be discriminated, with their needs and interests not given due consideration. And right now what the world needs is a critical mass of young men and women who are gender sensitive because unless the youth, who are the leaders of tommorrow are inculcated into a culture of gender equality, all efforts vested into achieving it will continue to face formidable resistance.

Web 2.0 technologies spot on, since young people love them. And if they use them for the right reasons like fighting for human and women's rights, the world wil be a better place in the coming future.

I encourage you to continue doing what you are doing right now i.e using social media to push for women's rights. Wish you all the best :-)

Sandra

danielatort's picture

You are right this happend

You are right this happend everywhere, it´s part of our culture, our society and our relations and the way we learn to interact with others. But the good news is that this can be different, we can make a difference for all. Fortunately this have been changing thanks to the work of wonderful women and men that have realize about the importants of equility between all the individuals. We need to support this work, informing people, change their minds, supporting their efforts. I have lost most of my contacts in Mexico but I am still looking for a way to connect these people, working in the Women´s ministry, to this platform, they need to be here. I hope I can integrate some of them soon...

Thanks for your comments,

Daniela

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