• .The government is working hard to create a better nation, through a broad culture of respect for women’s rights.
  • Today, rather than seeking politicization with the Gender Alert, we want to undertake coordinated,  effective work with state governments to combat violence against women, he said.
  • He called for the elimination of male chauvinism in all its expressions. Public entities are working to eliminate it,” he said.
  • President Enrique Peña Nieto led the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
  • The Center of Justice for Women was opened in Guanajuato, bringing the number throughout the country to 31.

As he led the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, President Enrique Peña Nieto urged Mexican women to report any violence they may be experiencing and men who act violently to stop doing so.

He told women, “Be determined to put a halt to this, and to say, That’s enough violence. Do not allow yourselves to become victims of violence; make up your minds to say, that’s enough.

He urged men, “Who cross the line,” to "Stop your violent behavior, and realize that although you have greater physical strength, this does not give you the right to act with violently against women”.

He also urged those who witness violence against women to denounce it, in order not to be complicit in this behavior.

The president said that the government is working hard to create a better nation, through a broad culture of respect for women’s rights”.

He added that the government has recognized many issues of our social life in order to correct them. "We had to admit that we had aspects in our social life, such as poverty and hunger. Today we are recognizing the violence still experienced by thousands if not millions of women in our country,” he said.

He said that the National Institute of Statistics and Geography estimates that 6 out of 10 women have experienced some form of violence: whether psychological, physical or economic,” among other modalities.

President Peña Nieto  explained that before 2015 no state in the country had declared a Gender Alert, because, “There was virtually a bureaucratic and political game, because issuing an alert seemed to be a stigma”.

What we've done, and where the Interior Secretary is involved, is to take action in coordination with the authorities in each state where there are allegations in order to investigate cases,” he explained.

He said that, “States and governments must stop fearing this process, so that we can actually do joint investigation and take actions to prevent the Gender Alert from having to be issued”.

“Today, rather than seeking politicization with the Gender Alert, we want to undertake coordinated,  effective work with state governments to combat violence against women,” he said.

The president said that the elimination of violence against women calls for three central tasks, on which the government is working:

FIRST: “Eliminating male chauvinism in all its expressions. Public entities are working to eliminate it”.

SECOND: “We are supporting women through various actions by Federal Government agencies, to ensure their economic empowerment and enable them to be independent. We are working to eliminate their fear of leaving that space of violence because they do not feel safe or able to have a productive life.”

THIRD:  “Eradicate violence; healthy coexistence among people, especially in the home, demands that we permanently promote respect between men and women”.

The president said that the government has called for coordinated efforts with state governments efforts to undertake joint action. For the first time, he added, “In the National Development Plan, all federal agencies are required to establish policies and actions with a gender perspective. This means that all federal government agencies are obliged to have specific programs designed for women”.

As an example, he mentioned that the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit supports women, “Through credit on preferential terms”. Moreover, “At the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Rural Development Financing supports women’s productive activity of women, and gives them access to credit on a preferential basis”.

He added that 44 Mexican consulates in the United States, “Have PSCs to help migrant women, our fellow countrywomen living in that country, and to advise them”.

At the Public Education Secretariat, “We have a National Program of School Coexistence, because that is where we must plant this new culture, this new education, to eradicate violence and give men and women equal recognition”.

He added that action has been taken to avoid overcrowding in families. "Since the beginning of this administration, housing policy was reoriented to stop building dwellings with only one bedroom.     Today, all housing supported by the Federal Government, which is part of the Housing Policy, must have at least two rooms and thereby avoid overcrowding, which sometimes causes violence in the family”.

He added that the National Institute for Women, with the support of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, has taken action, “To combat violence and deal with cases of women who, unfortunately, have been imprisoned due to mistakes during their trial, and we have managed to have many women released from prison who were serving sentences in prison, by helping them to fight unfair sentences”.

The president also noted that the government has promoted Justice Centers and Cities for Women, “which are centers providing integral support for women, where they receive counseling and legal advice  to undertake a productive activity, and assistance to remain safe,” among other actions.

He said that there are currently 31 Justice Centers for Women, 23 of which have been built during this administration. This has been possible, he said, “Due to the concurrence of wills and efforts with state governments”.

The president highlighted the case of Guanajuato, “A state where there have been many cases of women who have been raped, and an investigation was undertaken. The State Government assumed the responsibility and commitment to carry out different tasks, and we managed to reverse this problem, and change the situation by assuming a commitment”.

During the event, the president inaugurated the Guanajuato Center of Justice for Women, and toured its facilities.

THIS ADMINISTRATION IS ESTABLISHED, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MEXICO, THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE AS A CROSSCUTTING AXIS IN THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: INMUJERES

Lorena Cruz Sánchez, President of the National Institute of Women (INMUJERES), said that, for the first time in Mexico, President Peña Nieto’s Administration, “Established the gender perspective as a crosscutting issue in the National Development Plan”.

She recalled that it was thanks to the signing of the Declaration for Equality between Men and Women, signed by the President within the framework of the National Governors’ Conference (CONAGO) that,  “A common gender was created in each state at the three levels of government, where there are very specific actions aimed at the prevention, treatment, punishment and eradication of violence against women, and the fight for equality”.

 “You are the only president who has raised the National System for Equality between Men and Women, which you lead, to the highest level, together  with the National System of Prevention, Care, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women, which, in keeping with your instruction, the Secretary of the Interior now presides,” he said.

 “This demonstrates the strong commitment of your administration to placing gender issues on the public-federal agenda, which has been an example to be replicated in the states,” said President Peña Nieto. He said that in keeping with his instructions, “The Interior Secretariat, the Public Administration Secretariat and the National Institute for Women published the protocol for the Prevention, Care and Punishment of Sexual Harassment, as well as the adoption of the Mexican Standard for Occupational Equality and Non-Discrimination”.

THE CENTER OF JUSTICE FOR WOMEN IS THE RESULT OF THE SUM OF WILLS: MIGUEL MARQUEZ MARQUEZ, GOVERNOR OF GUANAJUATO

Miguel Márquez Márquez, Governor of Guanajuato, said that the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women invites society and government to work to address and eradicate violence against women.

Marquez said that his state has adopted the president’s vision to promote and encourage, “The conditions that lead to non-discrimination, equal opportunity and treatment between women and men, the full exercise of all women’s rights and their equal participation in political, cultural, economic and social life”.

He said that the Center of Justice for Women, inaugurated by the President in his state today, achieved largely through federal resources, is a very clear example of the combination of wills and, “Will have the highest standards in human rights for women and the gender perspective and the most specialized level of treatment of violence against women in all its modalities”.

FROM THE LOCAL SPHERE AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT, WE ARE DETERMINED TO ELIMINATE GENDER VIOLENCE: GOVERNORS OF THE COUNTRY

Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatán and President of the Commission for Equality between Men and Women of CONAGO, said: “We are all determined to work together for the eradication of violence against women, which concerns us all. This must be a state issue and involves political will and social commitment”.

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, "the governor and the governors of the country reiterate our commitment and purpose to work together, so that the essence and spirit of this date is present every day of the calendar,” he said, adding that, “From the local sphere and shoulder to shoulder with the government, we are determined to eliminate gender violence”.

Zapata Bello listed four measures already being implemented at the federal level, which, as a result of their approval at the last Plenary Meeting of CONAGO will be applied at the local level. He added that they also agreed to work on the approval of the definition of crimes against women, by adding the gender perspective to state planning instruments, and expanding the political observatory of women in each state.

TREATMENT FOR WOMEN IS NOW A REALITY: ERANDENI MENDOZA NEGRETE, VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Erandeni Mendoza Negrete,  a resident of the Municipality of Abasolo, Guanajuato, explained how the authorities gave her the support she needed to stop being a victim of domestic violence. I felt important, recognized, and brave enough to go to the judge and ask for justice”,

Erandeni therefore thanked the president, and the state government, “For working together to ensure that taking care of women today is a reality. So that this project, which is the Center of Justice for Women in Guanajuato,  continues to change the lives of thousands of women in the same way as it changed mine”.

”We trust you, Mr. President, to continue with actions in favor of Mexican women, because it is very true, we can fall, but once we get up, all it takes is a little push to get us back on our feet so that we can go on, and then, women, there will be no-one to stop us,” she said.