The tail of a salmon and the words of a girl are the slipperiest things on the planet.
“The police held him for a while so I could go back and get some clothes and nappies.”
He wouldn’t even let the boy sit and eat with us. I moved in with the friend of a neighbour. She works with women who are subjected to violence but it was only five blocks away, so it was a mistake. One day he came round and wanted to see our child, but he was drunk and I said no. Then he came back with his mother and his brother; they kicked the door in and dragged me out. The neighbour called the police, who held him for a while so I could go back and get some clothes and nappies. I sat there on the pavement and cried. Then I was able to sleep at a friend’s for two nights, and she brought me to the women’s shelter. Now I’m going to try and find a job in a factory. I’ve done that kind of work before, and I liked it.
Maternal deaths: 51 deaths per 100,000 births.
Number of children/woman: 2.3 (2010)
Abortion legislation: Varies greatly from state to state. In Mexico City, a woman has the right to abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy, while in the states of Guanajuato and Querétaro abortion is punishable by 30 years’ imprisonment. ****
Law against rape within marriage: Yes
Violence against women in close relationships: Every third woman in Mexico is, or has been, subjected to violence in a close relationship.