Participants in the press-conference. Photo @Sipaz
In observance of International Girls’ Day, on 11 October there was held a press-conference at Melel Xojobal with the title “Girls and female adolescents also count: challenge in the observance of their rights to education, decent work, and a lives free of violence.” Moderated by Magaly Dominguez López, four girls aged 13 to 17 expressed their concerns and demands. These indigenous girls go to school, but they also work in childcare, selling artisanry, or helping in hotels, thus supporting their families. For these reasons, they demand not only the right to school, but also to dignified work. Beyond this, they demand lives free of violence alongside gender equality. They criticized communication media for presenting images of the ideal woman that do not correspond to their lives. With regard to the future, they desire more attention from media, so that their voices are also counted.
For more information (in Spanish):
Red por los derechos de la Infancia en México
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas/National: Mobilization #x1heightlaw in favor of the human rights of children and adolescents (1 October 2014)