• My government's highest priority has been the country's youth and women and the actions we have promoted, he said.
  • Mexico's women will find the president to be unwaveringly supportive of their effort and work and their commitment to Mexico and their children, he said.
  • Mexico is spelt with an M, like the Spanish word for woman: mujer, he said.

During his inauguration of the Women’s City in the state of Hidalgo, President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that, Mexico’s future is based, “On the possibility of greater development and fulfillment for our women and youth".

He said that, “My government’s greatest priority has been the country’s youth and women,” through, “The actions and policies we have promoted,” which focus on supporting women’s development and the, “promising future Mexico’s children and youth should have”.

He added that the main purpose of Mexico’s transformation is women’s central concern: their children. “So that their children can have a quality education and the necessary tools to successfully take part in the development of 21st century Mexico.

He said: “The women of this country will find the president to be an unwavering supporter of their efforts, their work and their commitment to Mexico and their children".

The president said that, “Mexico is written with an M, like the word for woman in Spanish: mujer. Moving Mexico is also spelled with an M and this should serve as a permanent reminder of why the government's policy has this adopted this cross-cutting approach.

He explained that government agencies’ budgets, programs and policies all focus on women.

“This is precisely what we have been doing: dedicating various policies within the administration in the area of health, education, social policy, and support for the countryside specifically to women,” he said.

He announced the actions implemented for the benefit of women during the four years of his Administration:

  • the incorporation of women into spheres of political responsibility. He said that, “We not only design policies for women-we also want women to play a key role in designing public policies”.

He recalled: “Within the political reform proposed by my administration is Electoral Political Reform, which obliges political parties to ensure that 50 per cent of their candidates for local congresses and the Federal Congress are women”. As a result of this reform, 42 per cent of members of Congress, nearly half, are women, he said.

  • The Mexican Regulation for Equality at Work and Non-Discrimination is designed to encourage the private sector and the government itself to open up more spaces for participation in the work force for women and persons with disability.

“In other words, we are promoting equality at work and equal opportunities so that men and women benefit equally,” because, “It should be acknowledged that in many cases, men earn more than women for doing the same, performing the same task and having the same responsibility,” he said.

That is why, he added, “We created this norm which creates incentives for the private sector and now the government wants to serve as an example in supporting women's work and providing equal conditions at work".

  • He explained that over 90 programs have been promoted within the National Strategy to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, which involves the participation of the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU), the National Institute for Women, the Secretariat of Public Education's educational programs and other programs undertaken by the Health Secretariat.

He declared that this has curbed the upward trend in teenage pregnancy registered since 2006 due to the lack of specific policies to address the problem. “Today, at least, we have managed to curb it and we are working to reverse this trend through more information for teenagers, and more work to prevent teen pregnancy".

  • President Peña Nieto said that women deserve to have more opportunities for personal fulfillment and to have their own business. Organizations such as the National Entrepreneurs' Institute, through job training and above all, loans, have designed very specific programs to support women.

“Thus, for example, as regards support for the countryside and the loans granted to those who promote productive projects within the countryside, those created on the initiative of women have credit with a lower interest rate than those designed by men. The point, he said, is to promote support for the productive projects undertaken by women.

  • The president said that due to the domestic violence experienced by many women in the country, spaces for attending women have been created such as the 29 Centers of Justice for Women, 22 of which have been built during the present administration.

They are, he explained, areas for the procurement of justice designed to provide professional care in the event of cases of violence and crimes against women.

He said that the government has pledged to devote resources to the construction of more Women’s Cities such as the one inaugurated today, which provide services in various spheres such as education, health and care for women victims of violence.

President Peña Nieto acknowledged the efforts of the Government of Hidalgo to built this work with its own resources and invited all the governments of the various states to, "Assume this cause as their own and support the creation of cities for women, as Hidalgo as done".

He explained that cities for women are being built in Querétaro, the State of Mexico and Michoacán, in addition to those which SEDATU plans to promote and build during this administration. He said that women are extremely important to the president. They are, “The center and priority of the work undertaken by my administration”.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO HAS SHOWN THAT HE CAN TRANSFORM MEXICO: ROSARIO ROBLES

Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) Rosario Robles Berlanga said that the Fourth State of the Union Address proves that President Enrique Peña Nieto can transform Mexico.

She said that the president has, ”Achieved very important reforms for the country’s development which he had proposed and which have enhanced politics through this state vision, because we have shown Mexico that we can change.  And above all, he has shown that this change is not possible unless women participate”.

She added that some people propose a return to the 1917 version of the Constitution. But, she added, “Women could not agree to return to this, because we were invisible; it did not even consider our right to vote.

She said that, “We want the current Constitution, because it has the parity you showed, where men and women have rights and the same right to run for popularly elected posts”.

She added that: "We want a 21st century Mexico, a modern Mexico, and a Mexico where women’s voices count”: it will only be possible to move Mexico when women exercise their rights fully.

THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN PRESIDENT EPN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS FOURTH STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY EXERCISE: GOVERNOR FRANCISCO OLVERA

Governor of Hidalgo Francisco Olvera Ruiz thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto “for the extraordinary exercise” in which he engaged yesterday in the conversation with young Mexicans from all over the country on the occasion of this IV State of the Union Address.

“Yesterday we witnessed a historical exercise in the country, through a direct, novel exercise, involving the exchange of ideas, the discussion of proposals but above all, the specific, objective analysis of proposals,” he said.

He also hailed the importance, “For the country of the fact that this format was designed for young people. Mexico’s demographic bonus requires that we focus more on Mexico’s youth”.

Three days before he completes his term of office as governor of Hidalgo, he thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for his participation in the event at which he delivered the Women`s City to the state population.

He said that over a third of the state will be attended in the Women’s City. “In Tepeji del Rìo, we have delivered this public work for the benefit of the women of Hidalgo”.

IF WE WANT TO LIVE IN SOCIAL PEACE, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PUTS US ALL AT RISK: ANA ROCÍO OVIEDO GUTIÉRREZ

“Violence  against women occurs in all social classes and across all academic backgrounds," declared Ana Rocío Oviedo Gutiérrez, a member of the Municipality of Tepeji del Río de Ocampo and said that, “If we wish to live in social peace, as all governments aspire to, we must recognize the fact that this violence endangers us all”.

She thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for supporting women, and described her personal experience: the path I have taken has not been easy, since the decision to put an end to things was not easy.  She said that she had not taken this path alone: “All the actions undertaken in this struggle are those that have accompanied me”.

She also hailed the fact that she had not been another statistic and that she has a promising future, since, “I lived at this time, in this country and in this state”.

“This Women`s City is proof of the importance of a place where we can train, take care of our health, recognize the risks faced by teenagers and learn to recognize and live without violence".