• I am convinced that women are the great transformers of our society. They are really the ones who have turned adversity into strength, and obstacles into opportunity, he said.

 

  • With their effort and participation, it will be possible to improve not only the lives of girls and women in Mexico, but throughout the country, because the women of Mexico are the engine of development of our nation, he said.

 

  • Thanks to Electoral Reform, which forced political parties to nominate equal numbers of women and men candidates for federal and local legislators, Mexico now ranks as the seventh country in the world with the most women in the Chamber of Deputies, he said.

 

  • The Expenditure Budget for the Federation for next year includes nearly 26 billion pesos for programs and actions in favor of women and gender equality; 41 percent more in real terms than what was allocated in 2012, he said.

 

  • President Enrique Peña Nieto led the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

 

 

As he led the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, President Enrique Peña Nieto reaffirmed, “The government’s permanent commitment to creating conditions for the girls and women of Mexico to gain access to a life free of violence.”

 

He declared that as a state and society, we have the obligation to eliminate all forms of aggression: psychological, physical, financial, economic and sexual, as mandated by our laws.”

 

He said that gender violence, “Should never be seen as natural or ordinary. It is, and should be seen as reprehensible behavior, which in many cases is a crime that should be pursued and also punished.”

 

He noted that with this conviction, “Mexico has been working on many different fronts in favor of equality, non-discrimination and the elimination of violence against women.”

 

“I am convinced that women are the great transformers of our society. They are really the ones who have turned adversity into strength, and obstacles into opportunity, he said.

 

“With their effort and participation, it will be possible to improve not only the lives of girls and women in Mexico, but throughout the country, because the women of Mexico are the engine of development of our nation,” he said.

 

At the event, held in the Adolfo López Mateos Hall of the official residence of Los Pinos, the president recalled that as a result of Electoral Reform, “For the first time ever, political parties were forced to nominate equal numbers of male and female candidates for federal and local legislators’ candidacies. He noted that as a result, the 63rd Legislature has 211 women deputies, in other words, 42.4 percent, “Making Mexico the seventh country in the world with most women in the Chamber of Deputies.”

 

He said that this historic step towards political empowerment, “Made it possible, in just one year, for our country to advance nine places in the Global Report on the Gender Gap 2015, compiled by the World Economic Forum.”

 

President Peña Nieto also said that Expenditure Budget of the Federation approved for next year, “Contemplates allocating nearly 26 billion pesos to programs and actions in favor of women and gender equality, 41 percent more in real terms than the budget allocated in 2012.”

 

He thanked federal legislators for approving this budget. “These resources will strengthen actions and projects not only to address violence but also to prevent it through projects such as the City of Women, the Pink Room, Safe City, the PROSPERA program, the Development Centers for Women and the Houses for Indigenous Women.”

 

He expressed confidence that local governments will now implement new projects aimed at achieving greater empowerment of women, and eradicating violence on the basis of the agreements made by the states within the framework of the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO).

 

The President declared recalled that at the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), he presented at least three efforts and commitments that the government has assumed to promote equality between men and women:

 

FIRST: Strengthen the National System for Equality between Women and Men, so that their members have ministerial rank. “This means that this institutional coordination mechanism will be strengthened by the participation of the heads of the various federal agencies.”

 

Second: Strengthen the institutional actions aimed at achieving a more equitable distribution of Unpaid Care Work. “Through the implementation of Labor Reform, which includes measures such as paternity leave, telecommuting or flexible schedules, we are promoting greater responsibility among women and men within households.”

 

Third: Intensify actions to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce maternal mortality. “Through a comprehensive strategy coordinated  by the National Population Council, the Health Sector and the National Women's Institute (INMUJERES) we are addressing these challenges. Furthermore, the government has joined the call by the UN, through the A to Z Program Mexico without Early Marriage or Child Marriage in Law and in Practice.” We will thereby bring civil, family and criminal codes into line with international standards and the General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents, proposed by the Executive Branch and passed almost a year ago on December 3.”

 

President Peña Nieto stressed that in Mexico, “In order to prevent discrimination in the workplace, inspection and monitoring have been strengthened to ensure compliance with the provisions of Labor Reform, on equality and inclusion.”

 

“The Mexican Standard for Fair Employment and Non-Discrimination, which facilitates women’s access to and continuation in the labor market was also drawn up,” he added.

 

He stressed that in terms of dealing with and combating violence against women, “We now have assistant prosecutors’ agencies, agencies and specialized prosecutors offices, and 24 justice centers for women, and the hot line 01 800 HABLALO is already operating. To date, 31 states have criminalized femicide in their criminal codes, and on this basis are working to procure and impart justice.”

 

He added that the Attorney General’s Office has developed protocols of ministerial, police and forensic research with a gender perspective for femicide and sexual violence crimes. However, he said, “The best way to address violence against women is through prevention, by creating opportunities for their development and financial autonomy.”

 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT, THE MOST IMPORTANT CHALLENGE

IS TO ELIMINATE GENDER VIOLENCE: OSORIO CHONG

 

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Minister of the Interior, said that the most important human rights challenge for the government is to end gender violence. ”We have done this because it is a phenomenon that affects millions of Mexican women, but also hurts us all,” he added.

 

He said that, as stated by President Peña Nieto, violence against women encourages inequality and harms community development.

 

He noted that on the president’s instructions, during the past three years, an unprecedented national program has been implemented to address gender violence, “By acting decisively to protect the integrity of those who suffer this reality, and with solutions based on cultural and structural changes that will result in fairer laws and safer environments.”

 

”I understand that no expression of violence, however subtle, can or should be tolerated, that on the contrary, all its causes must be understood and that effective policies must be developed to prevent them, address them and eradicate them through the joint commitment of each branch, the various levels of government and society as a whole,” he added.

 

He stressed that progress is being made through teamwork. “We make joint decisions and share experiences to analyze, and where appropriate replicate best practices. We are also working in coordination with local governments to treat girls and women who have been victims of violence, because sweeping changes take time, but specific cases require immediate attention,” he said.

 

Osorio Chong said that under the leadership of President Peña Nieto, “We will continue coordinating actions to consolidate a Mexico with unrestricted respect for human rights. To modify environments and thereby these difficult realities,  so that all Mexican citizens, regardless of gender can live in the freedom they require, and above all, with the tranquility every human being deserves.”

 

THE TIME OF EQUALITY IS NOW: ANA GÜEZMES

 

Ana Güezmes García, Official UN representative in Mexico, said that through the National Development Plan and PRO-IGUALDAD, President Enrique Peña Nieto, “Has sent a clear message of the centrality of gender equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence in Mexico. The time for substantive equality is undoubtedly now.”

 

“We have to use all our talent, the successful solutions we already know, the resources available in public policy to achieve substantive equality,” she added.

 

“We are convinced that if we all work together, we will be able to achieve a more equal world where women and girls can live without violence,” she added.

 

Ana Güezmes said that this year the UN, “Wants to put an emphasis on prevention and the best way to counter violence against women is by trying to prevent its origins and its structural causes.”

 

ERADICATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY GOAL IS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOAL: LORENA CRUZ SÁNCHEZ

 

The goal of the Federal Government is to eradicate violence against women and girls across the country, “By empowering them economically, politically and socially so that they demand and exercise their rights,” said Lorena Cruz Sánchez, President of INMUJERES.

 

Cruz Sánchez said that we need to improve women’s access of women to the administration and enforcement of justice and end the impunity that prevents them from exercising their rights, and of course, achieving their full development.

 

The issue of violence against women, she added, is one that cannot be politicized; it hurts Mexican women and Mexican government officials. Therefore, she said, “There must be zero tolerance for any form of gender violence and impunity.”

 

“Women who have lost their lives and those who are out there, waiting for justice, know there is a government that will support then,” she said.

 

The President of INMUJERES said that violence against women and girls violates their human rights and is a reality that should not be allowed in any democratic state. For this reason, she said, efforts should be redoubled to achieve peace, progress and substantive equality between women and men, and above all to meet the obligation to guarantee the rights of women and girls in Mexico, especially those living in a state of vulnerability. 

 

She said that the National Development Plan 2013-2018 incorporated gender mainstreaming into national planning. Moreover, the issue of women and girls reached the National Governors’ Conference, where the declaration on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men was signed.