SEMlac reports

SEMlac reports (330)

Federal District, Mexico, August (SEMlac). – Women’s murders are posing a very serious threat to peace and democracy in Latin America . Official reports by NGOs, prosecutor offices and violence observatories indicate that 18 women are being killed every day in the region.

Carmen Moreno, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women, said that this figure clearly shows how much violence there is in the area, while anthropologist Marcela Lagarde stressed that it also reveals that violence against women is reaching unimagined extremes.

Montevideo, August (SEMlac). – The Day of Domestic Workers has since 2011 been observed on August 19.

Graciela Espinosa, a lawyer working for the National Trade Union of Domestic Workers, told SEMlac that the number of workers making social-security contributions had moved from 35,000 in 2005 up to 81.000 in 2013.

Bogotá, July (SEMlac Special). – Fourteen Latin American personalities who have been given the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) met earlier this month in the Colombian capital to exchange views and opinions.

They have been involved in preventing and controlling environmental pollution, developing vaccines, or protecting civilian populations under armed conflict situations.

Guatemala, July (SEMlac Special). – Misogynist comments and remarks in the mass media are helping perpetuate gender violence in a country where two women get killed every day.

Women’s self-esteem is so low that they are often involved in robbery, extortion and kidnapping.

Lima, June (SEMlac). – Over 20 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean have to work to survive. Most of them cannot go to school and are involved in forced labor.

This came from a report issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on June 12 (World Day against Child Labor).

Mexico, June (SEMlac). - “When we went for a walk, he simply told me I would never again see my son.” “I have not seen my one- and three-year-old daughters in the last seven months.” “When my ex was told that I was dating another man, he took our son away.” “I was always rejected by his family because I was dark.”

These are some of the comments made by five mothers over a collective interview with SEMlac. Their stories clearly show that there is no justice for women in Mexico .

Guatemala, May 13, 2013 (SEMlac Special). - "If you are between 18 and 30 years old, you are attractive, dynamic, outgoing and make a good presentation, you are apt to apply for a job in Guatemala.”

“But, if you are male, those requirements are not mandatory, you just have to be responsible, have some technical skills, leadership, ability to work under pressure and experience."

The difference between these two classified ads in the job section of the press of this Central American country is crystal-clear.

Mexico, May 20, 2013 (SEMlac Special). - "One of the major outstanding debts to women involves reproductive autonomy. We continue to be negatively affected by monotheistic, conservative religions, and States still make decisions for us, without asking if we want to have children or not," said Susana Chiarotti.

She is an Argentinean lawyer with long militancy in defending the rights of women and assessing how the countries of the region have complied with the Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, known as the Belém do Pará Convention.

"In Latin America , we have developed sex education programs and sexual and reproductive health plans, but we still face many problems in getting them implemented and in enabling women to make free decisions about their bodies. Sexual and reproductive rights must be respected because they have to do with not only the right to health, but also with the autonomy of women,” she indicated.

Mexico City, May 9, 2013 (SEMlac).- The introduction of oral trials in justice systems has cause the revictimization for women who have experienced violence, and who are forced to forgive their attackers, according to Patricia Olamendi, coordinator of the Expert Committee for MESCEVI, a mechanism at the Organization of American States in charge for examining the Interamerican Convention to Prevent, Sanction and Eradicate Violence against Women.

She said that in Mexico City, this double violation to women's rights is due to the failure in achieving cultural and qualitative changes in society's mindframe and judges.

Mexico City, May 10, 2013 (SEMlac).- Feminists from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa called on governments of the world to establish a democratic system, with economical justice, respectful of nature and with an even power and resource distribution so that women can be free and have access to their rights.

After four days of work at the international seminar "Network advocacy: Challenges to State compliance with their Commitments to Women's Human Rights" that concluded today in Mexico City with the participation of 80 lawyers and human rights advocates representing 54 organizations and six international advocacy network.

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