President Enrique Peña Nieto led the
commemoration of International Women's
Day and the Presentation of the “Small
and Medium Business Women's Program” in the state of Aguascalientes.
On March 8, 1975, the United Nations Organization
commemorated the first International Women’s Day. For the past
41 years, it has honored the brave pioneers who paved the way to equality.
“On International Women's Day, I congratulate all women in Mexico, whose
everyday efforts in any space make it possible for our country to advance and
move towards very positive horizons.”
Resources and support for women
The amount allocated in the Expenditure Budget of
the Federation 2016 (PEF) promotes equality for women; from 2012 to 2016, it
increased by 54.6% from $16.7 billion pesos to $25.9 billion pesos.
Investment in productive programs for women rose by
40% during the same period, from 14 billion pesos in 2012 to over $19.6 billion
pesos at the present.
In the political sphere, Political and Electoral Reform has made it possible to take a major
step towards empowering women, by stipulating that 50% of candidacies for federal
and local legislators must
be for women.
At the “Meeting of World Leaders on Gender Equality
and the Empowerment of Women,” the president pledged to promote greater
responsibility between men and women, to facilitate women’s
To promote the harmonization of work and family
life, the Mexican Norm for Labor Equality and Non-Discrimination was
implemented on October 27.
As of today, the Popular Insurance Scheme will
cover the entire cost of the diagnosis and treatment of Ovarian Cancer cases. This decision means that instead of supporting 10% of women with this
condition, it will be possible to support them all, with an investment of over
one billion pesos a year.
The PYME Women’s Program supports businesswomen and
female entrepreneurs who already have a business and wish to expand it. This program offers financing from 50,000 to 5 million pesos, with
preferential interest rate of between 9% and 10%, well below the average, with
no opening or prepayment fee.
“Let us continue breaking down barriers and building spaces of
opportunity and fulfillment, particularly for all the women of Mexico and for
the good of the whole country.”