Mexico in 2030
Image: "Flag of Mexico 1917." Wikipedia. 21 Mar. 2012. Web. 9 June 2015.
Mexico is ranked 103rd in terms of corruption out of all the countries and territories in the world. Currently, Mexico is struggling greatly with violence and cartel activity, poverty, and domestic violence. The Mexican Drug War has been a huge factor contributing to these issues, beginning in December of 2006 and onward. There is a death toll of approximately 120, 000 since the war began, and 27, 000 individuals missing. The Mexican Drug War has contributed to poor infrastructure and living conditions, forcing individuals out of their homes and villages. In addition, 33.2% of the population lives on less than 5$ a day, which is 37.6 million individuals. Moreover, 67% of women in Mexico will experience domestic violence, which is well over half of the female population in the country. Great levels of reconstruction and rehabilitation are in order.
Violence and Cartel Activity
A Mexican solider standing guard during the 'Jalisco operation' in Villa Purificación. Image: Tuckman, Jo. "Mexican Officials: 43 Killed in Major Offensive against Drug Cartel." The Guardian. 23 May 2015. Web. 9 June 2015.
Violent cartel activity is an issue Mexico has been faced with for decades. Recently, the biggest official death toll took place during a confrontation with Mexican security forces and the country’s decade-long drug wars. This incident is only one of many that displays the huge issue in Mexico, the most prominent and current issue being the Mexican Drug War that began in December 2006 and is still ongoing. Despite this current war, drug cartels have been around for decades, racking in billions of dollars. This violent cartel activity has also resulted in thousands of rescue attempts and shootouts often taking place along the U.S. border. By 2030, Mexico will still be dealing with this issue. The intensity of the issue began in the 1960s, with a death toll at approximately 120, 000 from the Mexican Drug War and 27, 000 individuals missing. The country will need intense reconstruction and rehabilitation in order to make up for the decades of years lost to the drug war.
Underemployment rates in Mexico are the highest they've been in years, which is a major contributing factor to poverty in the country. Image: "The Mexico Gulf Reporter." : Crushed by Poverty, Yucatán Style: The Crime of Not Letting Someone Work. 9 Oct. 2011. Web. 9 June 2015.
The living conditions in Mexico seem to increasingly deteriorate as the years go on. These conditions are forcing large amounts of the country into poverty, causing them to take dangerous measures to get out of the country. 33.2% (37.6 million) of the population lives on less than $5 a day. Half of the country's population is living below the poverty line, as so many of them struggle to make ends meet. There are many characteristics and aspects of Mexican life that contribute to these conditions such as lack of education, insufficient infrastructure, and unemployment. As former president Felipe Calderon entered his last two years, Mexican poverty inflated by 3%. Current president Pablo Nieto has targeted to have an annual growth rate of 6% by 2018, is working to bring employment to the poorest areas of Mexico. By 2030, I believe that Mexico will have made progress if these issues are addressed, and if the government improves its involvement in truly helping the country and if Pablo Nieto works to bring what he has promised to Mexico. The last time the government approached the issue and made a significant difference was in 2002, extending English opportunities to the poor and helping high school students. Unfortunately, 2002 was now 13 years ago, which is far too long ago. Action needs to be taken now in order to see improvement and progress by 2030.
67% of women in Mexico will experience domestic violence, well over half of the women in the entire country. Image: "Disfruta Mexico!" Disfruta Mexico. 20 Jan. 2012. Web. 9 June 2015.
There has been an outburst of murders of women in Latin America recently that call for attention on the issue of domestic violence. According to statistics, domestic violence kills five women a day in Mexico. Drug violence also contributes to this issue, as it affects the rest of the law in the country. Cartels and gangs take over towns and villages, imposing their violence culture on the members of these areas, making it very difficult for the police and government to handle the issue. 67% of women in Mexico will experience domestic violence, well over half of the women in the entire country. A huge issue is the amount of teenage girls turning up dead is empty fields, being given the nickname "women's dumping ground." In 2006, in correlation with the Mexican Drug War, these bodies began showing up. More women are being killed in Mexico than ever before, as well as abductions and rapes. With the way the rates are currently increasing, improvement being in place by 2030 seems incredibly unlikely. It's correlation with drug violence makes it a very hard issue to tackle, as it is very significant and intense.
The Future of Mexico...
Issues such as these will take far more than 15 years until there is any level of improvement. It is the government's job to take action and help to solve these crises in Mexico. Pablo Nieto must continue to introduce new solutions to improving Mexican life, and must address the current issues Mexico is being faced with. Stronger and better military forces must be in place in order to handle the drug war and cartel activity, there must be more government involvement with improving the infrastructure in Mexico and demolishing poverty entirely, and there must be more protection over Mexican women. These issues require great amounts of attention and work.
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