Female Empowerment

Female Empowerment

As the weeks tick away and with the end of the semester looming on the horizon, it’s absolutely crucial for me to make the most out of my time in Washington, D.C. This may seem like an easy task, but with assignments due left and right, it ends up proving to be a challenge. I want to take a shift from writing about my travels and focus on a project I have been working on in my academic course, which is one of the components of The Washington Center program. In my case, I’m taking 21st Century U.S. Foreign Policy: Dynamics of Change. Throughout the course of the semester, amid all of my other experiences, I have had the opportunity to draft a policy recommendation in a topic of my choice. In this case, my policy recommendation was for Mexico, my home country.

 

I have a particular interest on the topic of human rights and my personal and academic experiences in the field of law have inspired me to write on the subject of women’s labor rights in Mexico. While my topic is specific to my country, I was surprised to find that many of these practices that discriminate against women in the workplace are considered a standard in Mexico and in many other Latin American countries. It’s incredible that I would be writing a paper proposing policies to promote the integration of women in the workplace in this day and age, but it’s something absolutely necessary.

 

My passion for human rights has been quite evident during the course of my law degree and, thanks the great encouragement of my academic course professor, I sought an interview with someone with real-work experience on the subject to complement my paper. My chosen person: Alexandra Haas, Counselor of the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. and a prominent lawyer who has worked with discriminated against groups. I was pleased to have the time to discuss issues like the integration of women in the Mexican workforce with her. She shared with me her personal and professional experiences on the subject. I felt empowered after my meeting with her, despite the obstacles I face ahead.

 

People oftentimes accept social and political problems around them because they believe that the system cannot be changed and mull in the phrase that I have heard countless times in my life: “it’s the way it’s always been.” What I’ve learned from my experiences this semester is that there is always something to be changed, challenges to be faced, and barriers to be broken. Sometimes all it takes is someone to tell us something we strongly disagree with to discover our true passions and witness just how far our convictions go.

 

Embassy of Mexico in D.C.

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