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Women in Mexico Face Disadvantages in Health, Education and Empowerment

Angelica Enciso L. - La Jornada
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December 24, 2014

Mexican women face greater disadvantages in human development in terms of health, education and empowerment, than women living in nations of East Europe or Central Asia.

The states with the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) for women in 2012 were Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca [in the south, with high percentages of indigenous], and 33,9% of Mexican women in poverty live in these states. These numbers represent a call for action to benefit those who face inequality and lack of opportunities, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The Index of Human Development and Gender in Mexico that reports the panorama for women in Mexico's 32 states and 2,456 municipalities and [Mexico City] boroughs for the year 2012 highlighted that although Mexico is a country with high levels of human development, not all Mexican women enjoy that level.

The document emphasizes that women's welfare conditions are unequal in different states and municipalities. Oaxaca, Guerrero and Veracruz have greater development breaches for women.

The states with the highest HDI are Baja California, Mexico City and Tamaulipas, but none of them reaches the levels of East Europe and central Asia. In average though, Mexican women are less disadvantaged than those in other countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and in Sub Saharan Africa.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Mariana Silva

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