On 11 December, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico hosted a seminar on how the gender perspective could be enhanced in the analysis and protective measures offered by the Mexican government to protect journalists and human rights defenders. The event took place in connection with International Human Rights Day, which this year particularly focused on freedom of expression, and the two-week campaign to highlight and combat violence against women.

In August 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico, in cooperation with MICGénero – an annual film festival that focuses on gender issues – invited Silvana Imam, one of Sweden’s strongest voices, for concerts and meetings with the local female hip hop scene, music journalists and academics. Despite her position as an outsider, Silvana Imam has won awards such as Artist of the Year, Homo of the Year, Best Live Act of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.

En el caso de México, el Relator Especial de Naciones Unidas para la libertad de expresión, quien visitó el país en 2010, señaló varios problemas. Asimismo, algunos avances han tenido lugar desde entonces, por ejemplo a través del Mecanismo de Protección para Personas Defensoras de Derechos Humanos y Periodistas, pero se necesita hacer más.

Being an independent journalist in Mexico means living in uncertainty. Over the 45 years I have practiced uncertainty has undergone profound changes.