In the March 2012 edition of the city's public(ity) rag, Elizabeth Morales García, the mayor, wrote a letter celebrating the International Day of the Woman. I translate it below (following the picture of the beautiful Elizabeth) and provide a little information about her following her letter.
The commemoration this month of The International Day of the Woman is a propitious opportunity to reflect on the progress made by women in society without forgetting, at the same time, the problems which still exist in matters of gender equality.
I am taking advantage of this space en El Municpal de Xalapa to remember that women represent more than half the population of the world, and for this reason it valuable to continue pressing initiatives which give them their rightful place in all fields.
In the Millenium Development Objectives, advance in the matter of equality was investigated and it was noted that at present, out of every 10 female workers are located in the most vulnerable economic areas and they are tied directly to poverty and extreme poverty.
Among women and children who ddon’t attend school, 57% are female children, and furthermore, one of every four m¿women who dies because of a pregnancy or delivery could have been saed if there existed effective access to contraceptives; three of every five adults living with HIV are women and the rate is increasing.
Regardless of race, religion, culture, or economic, political or social situation, thousands of women live mistreated and despised on the street, in the school, at work and in that place where they ought to have the most security and happiness: their homes.
It is also necessary to recognize the advances in this area [of women’s rights], as for example, the recognition of the human ights of women and children in the law, in programs and in public budets.
In domestic environment, changes in policies and public services have occurred, which assume certain responsibilities in the care of families and incentivize a more equitable division of domestic responsibilities.
The participation of women in the environments of power is more representative than in past decadesL in spite of the fact that there is much distance to cover in the achievement of equality; the data indicates that the political representation of women will not reach the “zone of parity” (between 40% and 60%) until 2045.
This space also serves to give our recognition and admiration to all women, and especially to you women of Xalapa who from day to day, with your participation at home, at work, and in society, show us that you have the strength, decisiveness and character to construct a better Xalapa and a much more just and egalitarian world.
[signed] Elizabeth Morales Garcia
A little about Elizabeth Morales Garcia
Elizabeth Morales Garcia is the 42 year old municipal president (AKA mayor) of the Municipality of Xalapa. A native Xalapeña, a graduate with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Veracruz and daughter of prominent Xalapeñas, she has been active in public and political life and in the media since college. As all politicians in Mexico (I suspect) are and have been, she has been roundly attacked for abusing her position for monetary purposes, though in her case, I don’t think bribes have been the issue so much as self-legislated high salaries for herself and coworkers. She has been accused of buying up Xalapan property in large quantities and so forth. I believe she has also had some notable successes including the acquisition [restoration] of federal funding for the city. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Morales_Garcia. The signs of this funding are prominent from improved public lighting with ¡environmentally friendly lightbulbs! To a giant student-painted mural called Vegetales Fantasticos in the tunnel that runs under the main parque en the city’s center as well as more substantive (but less fun) efforts in local neighborhoods.
Morales Garcia is more than rumored to be gay. Pictures have appeared on YouTube and on blogs of her with her supposed amante, her secretary. While there have been small explosions of a National Enquirer sort, it has really not had any lasting effect on her, her position, or her reputation. Xalapa is a pretty cool place with a pretty cool mayor.