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Hello my name is melissa w ---------

  1. 1. Hello my name is Melissa W. Wright I am an Associate Professor of Geography in theDepartment of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. One of the things I focus on isthe emergence of an international social movement that protest violence against women alongthe Mexico- US border. I am the author of Disposable Women and Other Myths of GlobalCapitalim(2006). I wrote an article on Narcopolitics and femicide. It is about Gendered violenceon the Mexico-U.S. border. Dr. Carrillo’s class read this article. I argue in this article that the narcopolitics and femicide are interrelated problems.Narcropolitics is a form of informal governance related to drug and drug trafficking. I believe theMexican government is involved in narcopolititcs. The Mexican government blames the deathsin Juarez and throughout Mexico on the drug wars and argues that those who are murdered wereinvolved in the drug trade. In this way, the government blame the victims. The governmentargues that the ones who are committing the murder are the narcos which in English stands fordrug lord; and that they are committing the murder against other narcos. Consequently, thesemurders are “justified” according to some officials in Mexico, making it unfair for the victims’families. Due to patriarchy and the gender power structure, the deaths of the females in CiudadJuarez is linked to narcopolitics because the gender and sex of females is always subordinate tothat of males in all contexts of society including when drugs are involved. Females are victims ofthis subordination in a very violent way. However, we also know that females are activelyinvolved with drugs trafficking. So they are also caught up in that way. I believe that narcopolitics and femicide are a major issues happening in Ciudad Juarezand both are in need of attention as they are distinct phenomena that are also interrelated.

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