Friday, March 7, 2014
Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurates Women's Justice Center in Mérida
Mérida, Yucatán -
Surrounded by admiring self-described "country women," most fitted out in their best regional dress, president Peña Nieto appeared today in the White City, the Yucatán's 472 year old capital, to announce the opening of a National Women's Justice Center.
The event coincided with the International Day of the Woman, which is being celebrated this weekend in many countries.
"I salute all Yucatecan women, and all of Mexico's women, for their tenacity and their combative spirit. They have fought tirelessly for their country and their families," said the president during a 90 minute presentation.
Femicides and domestic abuse are constant problems in Mexico, where machismo remains a powerful social force, especially in rural communities. The new center will focus on such issues, but also on empowering female entrepreneurs who need access to lines of credit, which remain largely beyond the reach of micro-businesses and family enterprises. As peso continues its slide, Peña Nieto puts a trillion of them on the table.
Domestic violence in Mexico
Oct. 31, 2012 - Mexican Supreme Court hands landmark legal victory to domestic abuse victim
Dec. 13, 2011 - Mexico closer to a federal femicide law - with jail time for officials who fail to act
Aug. 16, 2011 - Mexico`s cancer: domestic violence, a virtual license to kill
Aug. 11, 2011 - Yucatán senate acts on behalf of woman almost murdered by ex-boyfriend
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