By Shannon Speed, R. Aida Hernandez Castillo, Lynn M. Stephen

Yielding pivotal new views at the indigenous ladies of Mexico, "Dissident girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas" provides a various number of voices exploring the human rights and gender concerns that received foreign consciousness after the 1st public visual appeal of the Zapatista nationwide Liberation military (EZLN) in 1994. Drawing from experiences on issues starting from the way of life of Zapatista ladies to the impression of transnational indigenous girls in tipping geopolitical scales, the individuals discover either the private and worldwide implications of indigenous women's activism. The Zapatista flow and the Women's progressive legislation, a constitution that got here to have great symbolic significance for hundreds of thousands of indigenous girls, created the opportunity of renegotiating gender roles in Zapatista groups. Drawing at the unique study of students with long term box adventure in various Mayan groups in Chiapas and that includes a number of key files written by means of indigenous girls articulating their imaginative and prescient, "Dissident girls" brings clean perception to the progressive crossroads at which Chiapas stands - and to the global implications of this monetary and political microcosm.

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Not even our husbands can force us to lie with them if we don’t wish it. Sometimes even our parents don’t support us. There are fathers who rape their daughters, brothers who rape their sisters, sonsin-law who rape their mothers-in-law. It is important that women support women. Women have rights and responsibilities, just as do men. indb 9 8/30/06 2:50:57 PM dissident women that they [men] do not behave proudly. We propose a law that will give property to women, because women also work, eat, and have needs.

We can’t read, and the law has abandoned us. Among ourselves, no one knows the law or what it stands for. When we have problems with the Kaxlanes, the authorities don’t listen to us. indb 10 8/30/06 2:50:57 PM k e y w o m e n ’s d o c u m e n t s brings a translator. We are not respected when we travel. When we shop for something, the salespeople don’t care what we want; they give us whatever they like. Even other women treat us badly. The education of men and women should be guaranteed, so that we may learn and know the law.

We’ve already seen that. It’s the people of Mexico who have to build the change they want. We see that the Fox government doesn’t want to carry out the three signals that we’ve asked for in order to engage in dialogue: that the troops be withdrawn from 7 of the 259 positions they occupy; that the Zapatista prisoners be released; and that the San Andrés Accords be recognized. They say he’s already carried them out, but we see he hasn’t. C O M A N D A N TA Y O L A N D A We want the COCOPA Initiative to be approved because it protects women.

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