On The 30th of August of 1995, in Oaxaca, assemblies reformed
electoral procedures in order to allow the election of municipal
authorities. In the last elections, 418 municipalities elected
their authorities by this system officially known as usos y
costumbres (traditions and customs). In some communities,
women were allowed to participate in this process.
Very few have been elected presidentas municipales
(mayors). In this video, women give testimonies on how they
have become presidentas municipales, the difficulties
they have encountered as well their successful results.
PRESIDENTAS DE LA COMUNALIDAD
Documentary, Mexico, 2005,
45 min, colour, Spanish and
Zapotec, with English subtitles