PEN lecture for 6 March 2018:
by Elizabeth Starcevic, President Emerita, PEN San Miguel, Mexico
Although the highlighted topic this year at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women was “Rural Women and Girls”, many of these women were denied visas and therefore unfortunately were not able to represent their concerns in person. Discussions about rural women referred to property rights. Although women work the land everywhere, many lack property rights. They cannot inherit, as widows they cannot pass their land and possessions on to their children. They also need clean water, education, small loans, and safe access to markets and credit. They must be free from all forms of violence. Data on land ownership and inheritance practices in each country is needed.
Taboos and cultural traditions that affirm patriarchy and are invoked to repress women must be fought at all levels of society: the family, religious institutions, schools, refugee situations and all levels of government.
Many countries reported their ongoing efforts. One example was “one stop” sanctuaries where women can be helped with health issues, legal counsel and refuge from violence all in one place. These places – as reported by a delegate from India- have much in common with efforts reported last year by a Brazilian delegate: well staffed, well trained multi-service offerings located in one institution so that women can find their various needs addressed in one safe, supported place. Many more are needed.
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Leobardo Vázquez Atzin was murdered by gunmen on a motorcycle just outside his home in Gutiérrez Zamora, VER, during the night of March 21, 2018.
Vázquez Atzin worked for Noreste, La Opinión de Poza Rica and Vanguardia de Veracruz. He recently started a Facebook page, Enlace Informativo Regional. It was a combative site that attracted threats from local officials.
Story in the New York Times: Journalist Killed in Mexican State of Veracruz
Spanish-language story by María Elena Ferral in Diario de Xalapa: Periodista asesinado habría recibido amenazas vía redes sociales
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Leslie Ann Pamela Montenegro, more commonly known as “Nana Pelucas”, was murdered by two gunmen at a restaurant in the “Golden Zone” of Acapulco on February 5, 2018. The prosecutor for the State of Guerrero, Xavier Olea, has indicated that the murderer is a local official connected to a criminal gang led by led by Javi Daniel Cervantes.
Sra. Montenegro was a video blogger, an irreverent political satirist who criticized the behavior of politicians and officials of all parties and government actions through videos broadcast on social networks.
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PEN Lecture for 23 January 2018:
Carlos Domínguez was murdered while driving his car in Nuevo Laredo, TM on the afternoon of January 13, 2018.
Domínguez was a teacher of journalism and an independent political columnist. He had earlier worked for El Diario de Nuevo Laredo.
Spanish-language story at Animal Politico: Asesinan en Tamaulipas al periodista independiente Carlos Domínguez