Women are nearly as likely as men to migrate, fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries to seek opportunities abroad. Many of these women don’t set out for Mexico – but a new social program and the success stories of others are making it an attractive destination.
Xochimilco residents say it was suspicious when Mexico City authorities rolled out and then canceled a controversial plan for water construction. After last year’s earthquake disrupted some water services in the Xochimilco area, residents are repeating their claim that the city is diverting their well water to more central parts of the capital.
Many people in a huge caravan that began in Honduras and is now in southern Mexico say they plan to walk to the U.S. Nearly 2,000 people have chosen along the way to seek asylum in Mexico, but more than 5,000 people continue north.
Historically, mobility restraints and political conditions have kept Latin America’s senior citizens from engaging fully in civic life. Now, a host of programs aimed at Mexico City’s seniors are breaking down those barriers and allowing participants to build connection and bring curiosity and compassion to the city’s cultural institutions.
Massive public murals have a long and storied history as an art form in Mexico. With the Central de Abasto – the world’s largest open-air wholesale market – as its canvas, the cooperative We Do Things has brought more than two dozen murals to the walls of the market, despite the obstacles of an earthquake and a shortage of funds.
In Mexico’s employment market, some of the country’s youth are finding it difficult to get jobs in the fields they studied. Some young people have ended up in jobs they didn’t anticipate and wonder what they could have done differently.