The effects of sex- and gender-based violence (SGBV) in girls’ education in Yucatán, México


  • Maria Cristina Osorio Vazquez Georg Forster Research Fellow at the University of Siegen


Girls, Education, Coronavirus


Purpose-This paper analyses the effects of sex- and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the educational advancement of indigenous Maya girls living in rural areas in Yucatan, southeast Mexico, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methodology – This research used a variety of mixed research methods that included a quantitative methodology based on data from institutions dedicated to the promotion of women's educational rights in Mexico and the world. Additionally, a qualitative methodology was utilized through semi-structured interviews and a historical review. Findings - In Merida alone, the capital city of the state of Yucatan located in southeast Mexico, there has been a 114% increase in cases of domestic violence since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (Robles, 2022). This, together with high rates of adolescent pregnancy and early marriage in the region, only exacerbates the effects of inequality that as a society we will have to face in the years to come. Originality/value – This study demonstrates the importance of implementing measures to prevent SGBV during lockdowns that affect the educational advancement, emotional stability and physical security of women.


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