Michelle Obama is in Mexico.
She arrived Tuesday night on her first solo visit to Mexico as First
Lady after a stop in earthquake-ravaged Haiti and will stay south of the
border until Thursday.
There already have been many comparisons
between Michelle Obama and Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala.
Both are lawyers. Both are mothers. Both have had successful careers.
Zavala formerly served in the Mexican legislature from 2003 to 2006.
Both women are stylish.
Michelle Obama wore a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress for her visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. She's pictured with Mexican First Lady wearing a pale blue outfit and a white rebozo, a traditional Mexican shawl.
The two first ladies talked about issues important to youth and they are visiting schools and meeting with youth leaders.
This is all nice. But I'd also like to see these powerful women take a stand on an ongoing issue that impacts women in Mexico- the femicide in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Since 1993 more than 500 women have been killed but some locals believe it could number in the thousands. This is an issue that these women should not ignore.
The murders of the women of Ciudad Juarez have fallen out of the media spotlight. The drug war in Mexico is big news but we can't forget about the murders of women along the border.
There have been different theories about serial killers or that gangs, bus drivers or even law enforcement could be involved in the killing of so many women.
According to the Organization of American State's Interamerican Commission on Human Rights:
"The victims of these crimes have preponderantly been young women, between 12 and 22 years of age. Many were students, and most were maquiladora workers. A number were relative newcomers to Ciudad Juarez who had migrated from other areas of Mexico. The victims were generally reported missing by their families, with their bodies found days or months later abandoned in vacant lots, outlying areas or in the desert. In most of these cases there were signs of sexual violence, abuse, torture or in some cases mutilation."
First Ladies Obama and Zavala are in an unique position to make sure we don't forget about the women of Ciudad Juarez.