Momentous Election Victory of Woman Governor in Mexico
Voters in the Mexican state of Zacatecas have chosen a woman to be governor for the first time in Mexico since the end of one-party domination. Amalia Garcia, of the left-leaning Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) claimed victory in state elections this past Sunday, according to The Guardian. The daughter of a former governor of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Mexico's ruling party for 71 straight years until 2000, Garcia is also the first governor of either sex to have begun their political career in a leftist party.
First a member of the communist party, Garcia became a founding member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, which formed in the late 1980's as the uncontested power of the PRI seemed to be diminishing. The Seattle Times cited Garcia's win this past weekend as a likely boost for her party that in recent years has lacked influence in most areas of the country.
Garcia faces many challenges in governing Zacatecans, a state where at least half of its total population of three million has left for migrant work in the United States in order to be able to send money home to their family, reports Gulf News. However, she attributes her victory to the vast number of female supporters remaining in her state where many of the men have left to work in areas of California, Texas or Illinois. Garcia told the Associated Press, "Never before had I seen women so involved in the political process and in leadership roles in their communities, and this is a result of the migration."
Media Resources: Associated Press7/06/04, The Guardian 7/06/04, Gulf News 7/06/04, Seattle Times 7/5/04
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .