Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur On Violence Against Women, To Enrique Peña Nieto: Not Good Enough!

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U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo and Mexico's Human Rights Coordinator Carlos Perez (L) talk during a forum at the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City July 10, 2014. Reuters

Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, heard reports from abused workers in federal agencies during an event at the Supreme Court  of Justice of the Nation (SCJ), after which the Rapporteur gave a press conference. On her last day in Mexico, the Special Rapporteur met with activists and journalists, and criticized Enrique Peña Nieto's governemnt for not doing enough to stop inequality and gender discrimination .

"If the Mexican government worked as it is supposed in theory to prevent violence against women in all its forms, such as verbal harassment, sexual harassment, among others, it would not manifest itself in the interiors of public agencies, "said Rashida Manjoo about the workers' complaints.  The UN Rapporteur also reiterated that violence against women is a serious violation of human rights in the country. 

After a speech from Dr. Carlos Perez Vazquez, coordinator of Human Rights and Counseling of the Presidency of the Republic, employees of the Supreme Court, the Council of the Federal Judiciary (CJF) and the Federal Police (PF) took the floor to denounce before the UN Rapporteur cases of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power against women committed in these institutions. The workers took the floor in the auditorium José María Iglesias headquarters of the Supreme Court of Justice.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.