While establishing a general law that allows marriage as of 18 years of age is positive, exceptions must be allowed in justifiable cases, in accordance to human rights standards. To better protect the rights of adolescents, a judicial mechanism that grants adolescents’ right to marry in certain cases is needed. Establishing a complete prohibition, while politically attractive, is ineffective for reaching its proposed objectives. The State has the obligation to find the ideal manner in which to protect youth, without undermining their autonomy. The absolute ban on marriage is neither an ideal, reasonable nor proportional measure to achieve the above.
For this report, access to public information requests were developed, an exhaustive analysis of state and federal laws related to this issue was carried out and the surrogacy cases that have been registered, documented and litigated by GIRE since 2014 were systematized. The goal of this work is to provide a clear panorama of the surrogacy situation in Mexico and contribute to a more objective discussion on the issue that allows prejudices to be questioned and eliminated.
Access to safe and legal abortion is essential to the exercise of women’s human rights. In cases of rape, this access is still restricted in Mexico despite being recognized in national and international legal frameworks. Girls and women often face obstacles to exercise their human rights because medical staff is unaware of the legal framework according to which they are to conduct their professional practice. They usually believe that providing a girl or a woman who is a victim of rape with abortion services is a crime and, thus, they deny or hinder their provision. This behavior, however, not only re-victimizes girls or women but also violates their human rights.
This publication describes in detail the current situation in Mexico regarding the phenomenon of obstetric violence over the period 2012 to 2015. After a thorough investigation, GIRE presents the results and possible solutions to obstetric violence, always thinking about the women, but knowing that health personnel and the state could benefit.
Girls and Women without Justice: Reproductive Rights in is a follow-up report to the information presented in Omission and Indifference, through the updating of figures, statistics and cases registered, documented and litigated by GIRE and members of Radar 4th until May 2015. The report provides a more specialized approach on the six issues that GIRE has defined as priorities for its work: contraception, safe and legal abortion, obstetric violence, maternal mortality, assisted reproduction, and work and family life.
The reality of the situation of these issues is exemplified by the stories of girls, women, and families that GIRE has represented and accompanied in the difficult search for access to justice in Mexico, and who we thank for putting their trust in our work. It is these cases that drive GIRE’s daily work and commitment to the reproductive rights of girls and women in the country. Girls and Women without Justice seeks to contribute to a change. Therefore, it includes recommendations for the various authorities that, if met, would bring Mexico closer to fulfilling its human rights obligations, particularly in relation to women and girls’ capacity to make decisions regarding their reproduction.
This report aims to provide a snapshot of the situation of reproductive rights in Mexico, from the analysis of the six issues that GIRE has defined as priorities for our work: contraception, abortion, maternal mortality, obstetric violence, assisted reproduction and work and family life.
The report presents and analyzes the current regulatory framework of reproductive rights in Mexico both at the federal and state levels, as well as their implementation. It also identifies the obstacles women face in exercising their reproductive rights. The information presented in this document covers the period between April 2007 and January 2013.
To prepare the report, GIRE drew on several documentary sources: federal and local laws and administrative regulations, cases documented by GIRE, statistical data and public information obtained through requests for access to information.