Women are at greater risk of violence while using public transportation everywhere, and Mexico is no exception. Taxis are only marginally safer, with many women wary of hailing a cab off the street at night. So-called "pink taxi" programs have been launched in Puebla and other cities over the years, but they appear to be mostly defunct today. Mexico City has tried to address the issue by designating women-only cars on many buses and on the metro, but still, when Uber launched here in 2013, many women welcomed it. With driver profiles and GPS tracking, it seemed to be a safer option. But when a woman accused a Mexico City Uber driver of rape last year, the hope for a safer way to get around dimmed.
Ms. Jiménez, now 34, embarked on a decade-long struggle for justice that is finally moving closer to resolution. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is considering the case of Ms. Jiménez and 10 other women who were sexually abused, tortured and jailed, their lives irrevocably altered. ADVERTISEMENT In an accusation that has become emblematic of human rights violations by the police in Mexico, the women are seeking accountability from the people who ordered the crackdown on the protests and tolerated its abuses — a group they say includes President Enrique Peña Nieto. At the time, Mr. Peña Nieto was the governor of Mexico State, where the crackdown took place.
In an address at the Mexican Senate, Trudeau told lawmakers that the stories he had heard from the rights groups about the treatment of women were "unacceptable," and pressed for gender imbalances to be addressed in an updated NAFTA. "I challenge you to use your position and power to strongly push for the rights of women and girls in Mexico," Trudeau said. "We must move the needle forward on gender inequality."