Nov 24, 2017

Museo de la Mujer en CDMX presenta "Desconocida"


Exposicion "Desconocida"
El Museo de la Mujer extiende una atenta invitación para cubrir la inauguración de su exposición temporal "Desconocida", de la artista noruega Lise Bjorne.

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Ciudad de Mexico - “Desconocida” nació en 2006 como una forma de protesta en contra de los feminicidios en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Familiares, amigos, conocidos y gente del lugar bordaron miles de etiquetas con los nombres de las mujeres desaparecidas y/o asesinadas en esta entidad. Cada una de estas etiquetas se pegaron en paredes y muros de esta ciudad fronteriza.

A la fecha, la artista ha recolectado más de 8 mil de estas etiquetas, bordadas a mano, las cuales representa a una mujer, incluso de las que solo se tuvo un cuerpo inerte víctima de la violencia machista. A estas últimas se les recuerda como “Desconocida”.

"Desconocida" se ha presentado en distintos lugares del mundo, incluyendo Australia, Argentina, Canadá, China, Costa Rica, Dinamarca, Finlandia, Francia, Alemania, Grecia, India, Israel, Italia, Japón, Nepal, Holanda, Pakistán, Palestina, Filipinas, Polonia, Portugal, Rusia, España, Suecia, Turquía, Gran Bretaña, Estados Unidos y Noruega.

En cada uno de estos lugares, miles de personas han bordado los nombres de mujeres mexicanas víctimas de violencia de género. Para lo anterior, en cada lugar de exhibición de la muestra se instala un pequeño taller de bordado, donde los (as) visitantes confeccionan las etiquetas.

En el marco del Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra las Mujeres que se conmemora el 25 de noviembre, el Museo de la Mujer exhibirá "Desconocida" como parte de la lucha en contra de cualquier tipo de violencia de género; uno de los objetivos del Museo para contribuir a lograr una cultura de equidad e igualdad en nuestro país.

Exposicion "Desconocida"
La cita es mañana sábado 25 de noviembre a las 11:45 del día en el Museo de la Mujer, ubicado en República de Bolivia 17, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.

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Nov 21, 2017

Officials tackle Doña Ana County colonia improvements in New Mexico

Doña Ana County offices.
November 21, 2017
Public Meetings focus on Doña Ana County colonia improvements
Kent Paterson/The Digie Zone Network
LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO - Residents of Doña Ana County concerned about conditions in dozens of underdeveloped communities called colonias have a new opportunity to speak out and participate in planned improvements at three upcoming meetings organized by the county government. 
The public events grow out of an October 11 resolution passed by the Board of County Commissioners that reaffirmed a commitment to the county's 2003 Model Colonias Initiative, a project which was designed to overhaul the rural and semi-rural communities scattered across the county. 
Calling for a reigniting of the colonia reform effort and recommending a blue print plan, the October 11 resolution recognizes the importance of collaborating with the New Mexico state government and other partners in a common goal to "galvanize small communities and dramatically improve the quality of life while concurrently stimulating economic development..."
Hosting 37 of 150 identified colonias in New Mexico, Doña Ana County has "far more than any other county and there are real needs to each of them," said Jess Williams, Doña Ana County public information officer. A September 2017 county report estimated that slightly half of the county’s 209,000 residents live in colonias and surrounding rural areas.
The report calculated that $606 million is currently needed for local colonia improvements. The project costs pinpointed so far include dam repair and upgrade, new drainage, public facilities, county roads, wastewater systems and professional services.
Attended by county commissioners and their staff, the current round of public meetings is for the purpose of hearing out the specific needs of colonia residents as well as exploring possible funding solutions from lawmakers and the governor as the 2018 state legislative session approaches, according to Williams. 
"Commissioners want to get out in the communities and take what (residents) know we need," Williams said. Traditionally, colonia residents have attended a special Las Cruces Day during the legislative session in Santa Fe, he added.
The October 11 Board of County Commissioners' resolution instructed county management to designate a point person, the Operations Assistant County Manager, to be responsible for managing and accounting future colonias development funding;  keeping projects on track in a "timely and effective manner;" serving as the to-go person for affected residents; and acting as a "champion" for the betterment of colonias.
All five county commissioners, Isabella Solis, John Vasquez, Billy Garrett, Benjamin Rawson and Ramon Gonzalez, voted in favor of the resolution.
“I’m so excited they’re refocusing on colonias. I think it is timely,” said Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri, director of women’s and gender studies and a professor in anthropology at the University of Texas El Paso next door to Doña Ana County. “They’re still in dire need of attention.”
A longtime researcher of southern New Mexico colonias, Núñez-Mchiri recalled comments more than a dozen years ago that the U.S. was a “nation at war” and that “nobody” cared about the problems of colonias.  
In 2017 the U.S. is still a “nation at war” but it’s time to address domestic issues like the colonias, recognize the existence and needs of communities in the public policy shadows, work with partners to uplift a region with economic, cultural and family ties crossing state lines and international boundaries, and give hope to the youth, Núñez-Mchiri said.
The first public meeting on the renewed colonias initiative was held November 15 in Vado-Del Cerro, a community historically tied to agriculture and dairy production which is located astride Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and El Paso.  
The remaining  meetings, all starting at 6 pm and scheduled to last about an hour,  include events at the Hatch Community Resource Center on Monday, Nov. 27; at the Delores Wright Community Resource Center in Chaparral on Wednesday, Nov. 29; and at the Butterfield Community Resource Center on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
According to an official announcement from Doña Ana County, the meeting agenda will include a historical perspective on the Doña Ana County Colonias Initiative, an overview of the entire project, the schedule of upcoming meetings, and public discussion on the next steps to engage and lobby legislators for state funding. Translation and interpretation services will be available.
For additional information, interested persons can contact Liz Reed in the Doña Ana County Community and Constituent Services Office at (575) 525-5959.
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Journalist-author Kent Paterson is an expert on New Mexico government and politics.