The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Women at work

At a follow up to yesterday's photos is this story about women in the Oaxacan workforce, in particular working mothers.

It is a different world here. People work very hard for a daily wage of under $5 US.  That can be 8-10 hours of hard labor.  I see it all the time.  I have learned to work that way myself... well, I am tryin' anyway.

I maintain that Oaxaca is a false patriarchy, one in which the women are the real strength of the system.

However, the laws and protections are not there for them in many cases.

from Noticias.  Here the first paragraph translated.
Of the total women with children who work in Oaxaca (581 thousands), 26 percent are dedicated to commerce. Of that amount, 50 percent, 70,000, are dedicated to this activity but in an informal way, and in this sector of the economy an increase of the feminine participation is being seen. In agreement with estimations of the National Camera of Small Commerce in (Canacope) the 70 percent of the traveling salespeople in the city of Oaxaca are women, and a majority are mothers of families. Concerning this matter, the federal delegate of the Secretariat of the Work (STyPS), Maria Guadalupe González Ruiz, recognized that women in Oaxaca face a disparity in income in relation to men. In addition, women face deficient labor conditions, and because of this subordination, 51.5 percent of the population, the women, do not even count in writing on a contract.
The story goes on to say how women supplement their incomes and some interesting statistics, the one that jumped out is the young age at which women or girls become mothers.

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