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Organization Demands Rural Mexican Peasant Women Receive Recognition

Prensa Latina
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August 28, 2017

A Tzotzil indigenous woman carrying firewood outside San Juan Chamula, a municipality in the southern part of the state of Chiapas (Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)

Mexican organization National Network for Rural Promoters and Advisors (RNPAR) is still demanding the Mexican government to recognize the contribution of Mexican peasant and indigenous women as food producers and environmental promoters.

The organization also demands from the authorities to recognize the contribution of women to developing healthy consumption habits and their systematic labor on the Mexican fields.

Also, the organization defends their right to be the owners of the land and receive the needed resources to make the land produce.

In the Mexican rural zones, women represent 29 percent of the working force and are responsible for more than 50 percent of the food production.

In addition, 37.1 percent of rural women works between 40 and 48 hours a week, 12.2 percent works more than 48 hours and 40 percent lacks incomes.

Many families in rural Mexico are affected by low educational level, since 2.1 percent of girls between 5 to 12 years of age, and 12.3 of the adolescents do not go to school.

Poverty percentage among Mexican peasant women is one of the highest in Latin America, more than 3 million suffer extreme poverty and several million more are in the moderate poor people category.

Of the 30 million Mexican people living in rural areas, 16.7 percent is in condition of multi-dimensional poverty, abject poverty affects 53.5 million people, and there is a significant amount of inhabitants facing severe scarcity.

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