Who are we?

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Flag of Mexico  , Morelos,
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This morning I presented information about Ddeser to a group of study abroad students. I translated a whole pamphlet from Spanish to English! I can't believe I did it in such little time. Maybe my Spanish isn't so bad after all.

Here is my translation and the notes I used for my presentation, read on to learn more about Ddeser.

Ddeser, Who are we?

Ddeser is a citizen network that is committed to the construction of a democratic society that lives, creates, and defends sexual and reproductive rights. Ddeser defines these rights as the ability to elect how, when, where, and with whom you want to be sexual or reproduce. In particular Ddeser is interested in the sexual and reproductive rights of women and young people in Mexico and this includes the access to a safe and legal abortion.

Since 2000 Ddeser has been in 13 states in Mexico. We work in different civic spaces, with indigenes communities, worker unions, youth groups, women collectives, and in other kinds of civil action.

Our Interests

We want women to know and exercise their rights, make choices about their sexual and reproductive rights in an autonomous manner, freely and informed.

We look for decision makers on all levels (federal, state, and municipal) and in all areas (education, legislative, health, and judicial) that we can work with to guarantee and increase the validity of sexual and reproductive rights.

We urge human rights commissions of the state to be vigilant in the face of possible violations of these rights. We work together with the society and the government to urge…

The elimination of violence that women suffer from as a product of the cultural and social constructions that creates inequalities between men and women.

To eradicate the deaths associated with pregnancies and abortion, which are avoidable and therefore injustices.

To reduce the reoccurrence of abortion by reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.

To grant access to legal abortions that are safe and free.

To promote integral sexual education that is, equitable, secular, and with scientific criteria that avoids prejudice and myths just as it is stated in the Mexican Constitution.

To grant reproductive and sexual health services that are universal and free. This includes the access to modern contraceptives, without restrictions for age, sex, socio-economic status, or religion.

What do we do?

We consistently keep up to date information about sexual and reproductive health, legislation, and changes in laws.

We provide trainings, workshops, discussions and courses.

On commemorative dates we organize public acts that spread the word about the fight for the full recognition of the rights of women and the sexual and reproductive rights of all people.

For example: March 8th is International Women's Day, May 28th is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, September 28th is the day for the Dispenalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean, November 25th is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

We have information booths at cultural fairs. Some of these fairs have topics including issues regarding health, sexual education, violence against women, and women’s rights.

In order to make information about rights and how to maintain and care for sexual and reproductive health accessible to a large number of people we maintain a website.

If you are interested in participating in the network of people who are committed to democracy, equality, respect for rights, and respect for bodies there are many ways you can do so.

How?

By knowing and exercising your sexual and reproductive rights.

By sharing information about these rights with other people.

Demanding that all authorities respect and guarantee these rights.

Being informed and staying on top of the actions of the government and public politics that violate these rights.

Participating in public events that denounce the violations, demand respect and defend reproductive and sexual rights.


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