Over one million two hundred thousand Mexican mothers of peasant origins have become breadwinners following the migration of their husbands, who have left, often with their eldest sons, to look for work in the cities. Once left alone, life is very hard for these women who are exploited in factories and deprived of their fundamental rights. According to the National Confederation of Women Farm Workers (CNC), among those most affected by unemployment, poverty and rising prices are about 13 million women living in rural communities. Again according to the data of the CNC, only 610 thousand of these women have their land rights recognized and respected. The figures relating to food poverty are also very worrying: in rural areas food poverty is suffered by 37.7 percent of women under 24 years of age and, 34.8 for those between 25 and 44 years of age, 31.1 between 45 to 64 years of age and 32.2 from 65 and older. On top of this, according to the estimates of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported by Fides, a Mexican mother who lives in rural areas works 53 percent more than the men and four hours more than those living in urban areas. In spite of this, their salaries are minimal and insufficient because of the increase in prices of basic necessities, which have increased by up to 400 percent compared to 2012.
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