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Indigenous Women in Mexico Demand Recognition of Ancestral Medicine and End to Violence

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Indigenous Women in Mexico Demand Recognition of Ancestral Medicine and End to Violence

Indigenous Women in Mexico Demand End to Violence and Recognition of Ancestral Medicine as a Human Right

Guadalajara (Mexico), March 4 (EFE) – Indigenous women in Mexico gathered in Guadalajara on Monday to demand an end to the violence that plagues their communities and for the government to recognize ancestral medicine as a human right. The meeting, organized in anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8, aimed to empower women in indigenous communities and raise awareness about their rights.

Cristina Martinez, president of the women’s human rights network in Jalisco, spoke to EFE about the challenges faced by indigenous women in urban areas, including discrimination and violence based on language, clothing, and customs. She highlighted the importance of forming associations to support and empower women in indigenous communities to speak out against injustices.

The meeting brought together women from various indigenous organizations, including the Mazahua ‘Pjoxtee’ Collective, the Purepecha Women’s Collective ‘We Do Not Forget Our Traditions’, and the Wixaritari women’s collective ‘Tatei’, among others. The participants were led by Maria de Jesus Patricio ‘Marichuy’, a Nahua indigenous woman and traditional doctor who previously served as the spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation during the 2018 presidential campaign.

One of the key issues discussed at the meeting was the importance of traditional medicine in indigenous communities, especially in areas where access to medical services is limited. Participants emphasized the need for the government to recognize and support traditional practices, such as midwifery, which are essential to the community’s well-being.

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In a statement read at the meeting, the women demanded respect for their rights in urban areas, including recognition of their language, clothing, and the right to express themselves without fear of discrimination. With nearly 23 million indigenous people in Mexico, of which 7 million speak an indigenous language, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), the importance of advocating for the rights of indigenous women cannot be overstated. EFE

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