Voiceless Women and Violence in Juarez City, Mexico

By Anna Hamling.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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The city of Juárez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is a border city that faces the US city of El Paso in Texas across the Río Grande. Ironically, while El Paso remains one of the safest and most tranquil cities in the US, Juárez is one of the most violent cities in the world. With the implementation of NAFTA on 1 January 1994, maquiladoras (Mexican factories that produce goods for export) have become the landmark of trade in Mexico, particularly in the border city of Juárez. This ‘economic growth’ led to a rise in violent crimes committed against young Mexican women, with many maquiladoras workers murdered in the city. This paper explores the background of the victims, the reasons behind the violence in Juárez, and the measures that can be taken to diminish the occurrence of these atrocities.

Keywords: Women, Violence, Juarez City, Mexico

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2012, pp.79-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 131.267KB).

Dr. Anna Hamling

Senior Teaching Associate in Spanish, Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of New Brunswick Frederiction, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Dr. Anna Hamling has taught Spanish, Russian and Polish language, culture and literature in Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Her PhD thesis was published by Editorial Pliegos in Madrid in 2001. The English translation was published by VDM Verlang in 2010. She has published numerous articles of comparative nature on Unamuno and Tolstoy in Spanish, Russian, and Polish journals. Recently, she has been contributing to the Encyclopedia of Latin American Women Writers, The Encyclopedia of Christian Writers, and The Literary Encyclopedia.