Thursday, June 28, 2012

New report documents increased violence against women in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

Today's edition of Tell Me More with Michelle Martin discusses Nobel Women's Initiative's New Report on Violence against women in Mexico and Central America, especially Honduras and Guatemala.  The United States has extensive trade relations with all three of these countries.  At present, the US Department of Labor is investigating labor petitions of each of these 3 countries. Violence against women is a predominate factor in each petition, as well as in the earlier NAFTA labor petition on working conditions in garment factories in Puebla, Mexico.  The Nobel Women's Initiative report From Survivors to Defenders: Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala demonstrates that violence against women human and labor rights defenders is an issue that needs to be addressed by the US Department of Labor reports and that women's issues should be squarely tackled in the negotiation of future free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.