Event Category: Religous/Spiritual
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
“Feminism in Mexico”
Sunday, March 29, 2020
By Joseph Plummer
During this Sunday’s online service, Anthropologist Ilithya Guevara asks why it is so difficult to be a feminist in Mexico, seeking gender equality in a nation whose history reflects centuries of discrimination, multi-racial ethnicity and economic classism?
“It’s impossible to discuss feminism without mentioning that we live in a multi-cultural society where ethnicity has been one of the many faces of inequality,” says Dr. Guevara, research professor at the Autonomous University of Querétaro. “Poverty, socioeconomic class and racism add to the complexity of what it means to be a woman.”
From years of research, Guevara developed profound insight into the role of women in rural Mexico, economic development’s empowering impact on women, and the role of gender-rooted inequality in Mexico’s daily life. Equality for women, she says, starts with understanding that feminists must fight a culture of machismo and implicit support for gendered violence and social impunity for crimes against women. Today Mexican women face gender violence in ways rarely seen. Torture, mutilation, defacement, sexual assault, and dumping women’s bodies in public places have become common trends. Among the top 25 countries for femicide, 50 percent of those crimes occur in Latin America. Discouragingly, Mexico ranks second in Latin America for its rate of femicides, which totaled 976 murders of female domestic partners in 2019. Ten women are killed each day in Mexico while only 6 percent of perpetrators are sent to prison.
To end this horrific violence, Dr. Guevara calls for a new definition of Mexican manhood that accepts women as equal partners with men and rejects suppression of women in the home, at work, and on the street. Real men must treat female partners with equality, maintain their families as dependable parents who share child-rearing and household chores, and manifest a clear example that all women’s lives matter.
To protect members and visitors from transmission of the highly contagious virus Covid-19, the UU Fellowship will offer an online Sunday Service at 10:30 am on March 29, 2020 and plans to continue this broadcast service at the same time on future Sundays until further notice. Concurrently, the Fellowship will cancel on-site Sunday Services until Covid-19 is contained.
To participate in the online service, members and visitors are invited to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app through their smartphone, tablet, or at https://zoom.us/download, or go to https://zoom.us on your laptop or desktop, and then join the service at https://zoom.us/j/8101921501. Sign-in between 10:15-10:25 am to receive the broadcast. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For additional information, visit www.uufsma.org.
Our fellowship was born in 1987 when a small group of expatriate religious liberals came together to meet as Unitarian Universalists in San Miguel de Allende. The fellowship has been active and thriving ever since. Every UU church has it’s own flavor, and we are no exception. We are a combination of expats and visitors, each actively engaged and contributing to this wonderful Mexican community we love. Because there is a coming, going, and returning aspect, our spiritual community is extremely fluid. There is a magic in San Miguel which draws us in and binds us together—both as members of the church and of the larger community. Our programming is led by visiting ministers, community leaders, and church members, so the variety is lively. We have opportunities to meet as UU’s each week at discussion groups, breakfasts, luncheons, and in various other ways. Depending on the season, attendance fluctuates between 40 and 140. Our primary focus is on funding social action within the surrounding community. We love good music, good discussion, good food, and having visitors. We invite you to join us any Sunday morning.
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