Five Leading Causes Of Discrimination in Yucatan

Mayas, homosexuals and poor are the most discriminated in the state.


The five leading causes of discrimination in Yucatan are: having a disability, being poor, sexual preference, and being indigenous or looking ethnically maya, that is according to a survey by the State Commission of Human Rights.

For the “National Survey on Discrimination”, The Human Rights Commision of Yucatan (CODHEY)  interviewed 891 people, of which 50.4 percent were women and 49.6 percent men.

According to the survey results, published by Mexican News Agency Notimex, 94.9 percent of respondents replied that they have heard about the issue of discrimination. However, from all the population interviewed the population of 15 years and older, said that they consider that there is less discrimination in this state in comparison that other regions of the country, but they also have the perception that the problem has increased in recent years.


The proportional list of groups that are most likely subject to discrimination in Yucatan, 83.7 percent said that people are excluded because of their sexual diversity,  81.8 percent also said those living in poverty. 81.5 percent felt that the most affected are the people who dress differently or have a different look like the “emos”, “punks”, “dark” and “cholo”, among others.


Meanwhile, 80.7 percent said that people with disabilities are the main victims and 77.7 percent declared that indigenous people are the most affected by this problem.

mayan lady

Other indicators that stood out in the research work of this organization is that 74.3 percent felt that skin color is one of the most common grounds of discrimination, 71.8 percent stated that the most affected are the elderly.


Similarly, other grounds of discrimination are, speaking Maya, religion, being a woman, and even to use the “huipil”, the traditional dress of Mayan communities. According to the document, 50.8 percent of respondents said that they have never been discriminated and  over 40 percent said they have been victims of discrimination at some point in time.


When asked if “someone close to you have been discriminated”, 52.3 percent said yes and people who reported having a family member, relative or friend who was a victim, 34 percent said it was on the street, 25% in the school and 13% percent at work.

Despite the above, 8 out of 10 people responded that it is possible to take action to solve this problem.