A gender parity quota for Mexican elections has resulted in many “fake positions” among municipalities in Chiapas that operate through indigenous self-determination. Constitutionally-elected women often serve only as figureheads for men elected by traditional customs.
Regular droughts in Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, make it hard for farmers to grow traditional staple crops. Many are turning to dragon fruit, which can adapt to the dry conditions, as a revenue alternative.
Thanks to successful advocacy and information campaigns, more Central American migrants than ever have applied for asylum in Mexico – but the office tasked with processing the applications can’t keep up. As the office scrambles to meet demand, the families who’ve made the long journey north face months of uncertainty.
As a rebellious teenager, José Luis “El Pikos” Escobar challenged stereotypes by collecting holiday gifts for children in need. Thirty years later, the 45-year-old man, who still identifies as an anti-establishment punk, has made delivering toys for Epiphany a beloved holiday tradition.
After injuring his eye, one young Mexican football player thought his chances of going professional were over. Now, his time playing in a league with other players who have visual impairments is giving him new purpose as a coach.
When a breakdown in negotiations left the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas without garbage collection for two weeks in 2019, trash piled up around town and the streets reeked. As the world grapples with waste collection, residents of this city devised a local solution – with sustainable effects to outlast the strike.