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Mexico, June (SEMlac). - “When we went for a walk, he simply told me I would never again see my son.” “I have not seen my one- and three-year-old daughters in the last seven months.” “When my ex was told that I was dating another man, he took our son away.” “I was always rejected by his family because I was dark.”

These are some of the comments made by five mothers over a collective interview with SEMlac. Their stories clearly show that there is no justice for women in Mexico .

Guatemala, May 13, 2013 (SEMlac Special). - "If you are between 18 and 30 years old, you are attractive, dynamic, outgoing and make a good presentation, you are apt to apply for a job in Guatemala.”

“But, if you are male, those requirements are not mandatory, you just have to be responsible, have some technical skills, leadership, ability to work under pressure and experience."

The difference between these two classified ads in the job section of the press of this Central American country is crystal-clear.

Mexico, May 20, 2013 (SEMlac Special). - "One of the major outstanding debts to women involves reproductive autonomy. We continue to be negatively affected by monotheistic, conservative religions, and States still make decisions for us, without asking if we want to have children or not," said Susana Chiarotti.

She is an Argentinean lawyer with long militancy in defending the rights of women and assessing how the countries of the region have complied with the Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, known as the Belém do Pará Convention.

"In Latin America , we have developed sex education programs and sexual and reproductive health plans, but we still face many problems in getting them implemented and in enabling women to make free decisions about their bodies. Sexual and reproductive rights must be respected because they have to do with not only the right to health, but also with the autonomy of women,” she indicated.

Mexico City, May 9, 2013 (SEMlac).- The introduction of oral trials in justice systems has cause the revictimization for women who have experienced violence, and who are forced to forgive their attackers, according to Patricia Olamendi, coordinator of the Expert Committee for MESCEVI, a mechanism at the Organization of American States in charge for examining the Interamerican Convention to Prevent, Sanction and Eradicate Violence against Women.

She said that in Mexico City, this double violation to women's rights is due to the failure in achieving cultural and qualitative changes in society's mindframe and judges.

Mexico City, May 10, 2013 (SEMlac).- Feminists from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa called on governments of the world to establish a democratic system, with economical justice, respectful of nature and with an even power and resource distribution so that women can be free and have access to their rights.

After four days of work at the international seminar "Network advocacy: Challenges to State compliance with their Commitments to Women's Human Rights" that concluded today in Mexico City with the participation of 80 lawyers and human rights advocates representing 54 organizations and six international advocacy network.

Mexico City, May 10, 2013 (SEMlac).- Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women Rights (CLADEM) considers that Mexican government is far from fully executing the sentence by the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in the case known as Campo Algodonero in Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua.

“From our perspective it is not executed, there is no political will nor signalts that speak about an implementation profess of the sentence" Angeles Lopez, Cladem's lawyer who is monitoring the case in Mexico.

Mexico City, May 8, 2013 (SEMlac).- The lack of compliance of Latin American and Caribbean states toward their commitments to women's rights are not due to lack of economic resources as governments tend to say, says women's human rights expert, Susana Chiarotti Boera, but to the blindness to inequity between men and women.

“It is not lack of resources, but their distribution", say the Argentinean lawyer during the international seminar "Network advocacy: Challenges to State compliance with their Commitments to Women's Human Rights" organized by the Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women Rights (CLADEM, by its acronym in Spanish).

Mexico City, May 8, 2013 (SEMlac).- Death of women and children related to pregnancy and birth in Latin America and the Caribbean are due to poverty and inequity in the access to health services, said Brazilian lawyer Silvia Pimentel, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the UN.

"Every country in the region knows where the problem is concentrated; everyone know why women and children are dying, and they technically know what needs to be done. What is needed is to give priority to problems in order to have effective responses", explained Pimentel, who is in charge to examine the implementation of CEDAW.

Mexico City, May 7, 2013 (SEMlac).- The Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women Rights (CLADEM, by its acronym in Spanish) demanded today on regional governments to leave discourse aside and fulfill their commitments to end three of the most pressing issues for Latin American women: impunity, criminalization of abortion and lack of guarantees for human rights advocates.

No law can be implemented with just announcements and campaign. Not without political will and no economic resources, the representatives of the feminist network this morning during a press conference to launch the international seminar "Network advocacy: Challenges to State compliance with their Commitments to Women's Human Rights" that will be held at the Palacio de Minería from May 7 to May 10.

Mexico City, April 30, 2013 (SEMlac).- The Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women Rights (CLADEM, by its acronym in Spanish) announced today the International Seminar: "Network advocacy: Challenges to State compliance with their Commitments to Women's Human Rights" that will be held at the historical Palacio de Minería in this city.

CLADEM, an international feminist network based in Peru organized this meeting to foster the exchange and feedback of lessons learned, good practices, strategies and sustainable partnerships among the networks that work to defend women's rights.

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