When I moved to Mexico to live with my Mexican partner, I noticed a couple of things that bothered me. The condition of people commenting, expressing curiosity, when I didn’t feel at the bar until three in the morning and preferred to go home alone, leaving my partner at the party, I had to wait for him. Another surprise for the waiters was that I picked up the bill at a restaurant or bar, instead of letting my partner pay. But the real shock came at my first interview. I was confident in my competence and the success of the meeting, until my employer, a woman, asked me if my husband agreed with my decision.
Finally, she also asked me who would take care of my one — year-old daughter while I worked, as if Babysitting was just my responsibility.
I was paved over
I soon realized that many people in Mexico still believe in the traditional division of gender roles, where men bring money and women do household chores. According to a study by the Organization for economic cooperation and development, only forty-five women aged sixteen are employed in Mexico (the OECD average), but women do more than one percent of unpaid work in the home and child care. Years after interviewing my husband, I still get subtle messages from my daughter, a teacher, that I am responsible for her performance at my husband’s school, are off the hook.»Discrimination and inequality of Mexican women are problems of everyday life. Many women are unable to find a job or become financially independent because of the opportunity conceive. In some rural communities, women are not allowed to vote or vote according to their husband’s preferences, and there are still girls who cannot go to school just because they are women. Violence is also a serious problem in the lives of Mexican women. According to the National Institute of statistics and geography, more than fifteen-year-old women have suffered at least one episode of emotional, sexual, economic and physical violence. Public transport in Mexico city is named the second most dangerous for women among the fifteen largest cities in the world compared to nineteen-year-old London. To avoid or minimize the possibility of sexual harassment in public places, I keep my shorts, skirts, dresses, and shirts separated, and become part of about forty women who choose to wear clothing that makes them less attractive to reduce the risk. I realized that it was not safe for me to ride on the the taxi is alone, so whenever I need to take seats early in the morning or at night, I choose uber. This gives me the ability to send my way to my partner, and he can follow my movement, step by step, until I reach my destination. Worst of all, women are responsible for the crimes of which they are the victims. When Mara Castilla, a one-year student, disappeared after hitchhiking from Citi, misogynistic comments flooded social media, accusing her of having fun with friends, dancing with strangers, being late to bars, allegedly drunk, and driving home alone, which people believe led to her disappearance and murder. Despite the deplorable state of relations with women in Mexico, initiatives and measures are being taken to prevent violence and reduce gender inequality. Public and private transport service providers in CDMX and other major cities in Mexico have implemented numerous solutions to prevent sexual violence, such as women-only subway cars, separate waiting areas at metro stations, and emergency call buttons on busy roads. There are also pink buses that men do not recommend, and celebrate back, a private taxi only for women. While some see these segregation measures as insufficient and unsustainable, many women no longer feel safe using them. There have also been improvements in some indigenous communities, particularly with regard to women, who are among the most vulnerable. Indigenous women have historically suffered triple discrimination because they are indigenous, poor and women with the highest rates of illiteracy, maternal mortality, domestic violence and extreme poverty. In recent years women have been organized into groups of embroiderers to create and sell works of art fair trade and obtaining financial independence. In addition, indigenous women have recently achieved an unprecedented level of political emancipation, and more and more of them are actively participating in local elections as candidates for municipal councils. This year, for the first time in the history of Mexico, an indigenous woman ran for President. Although abortion in Mexico is prohibited and generally penalized, there are organizations that help women solve the problem of unwanted pregnancies, either to cover the cost of travel to Mexico city, the only place where voluntary abortions are allowed, or by providing medication and follow-up during the process. GIRE is a Mexican nonprofit non-governmental organization that promotes and protects women’s reproductive rights. IT also helps women during their legal battles in cases of obstetric violence. Sinatra is a young labor Union that is fighting for improving the disastrous working conditions of more than two million domestic workers. According to the National Council for the prevention of discrimination, domestic workers are among the most structurally discriminated against in relation to group work: more than women do not have access to health care, eight out of ten do not have social security, and one in five start working between the ages of ten and five. Many of them work more than twelve hours a day, six days a week, for the minimum wage, and are regularly subjected to humiliation and abuse by their employers. As in representative bodies, the most significant improvement is the increase in the number of women participating in politics, through the introduction of new and stricter quotas requiring equal representation of women and men in the lists of candidates for elections. Currently, members of the Chamber of deputies of Mexico are women, compared to the OECD average, which is for the lower houses of national legislators. Mexico is the third largest country in the OECD