He stressed that being here today, “Means being clear about my mission as president, which means working every day in a dedicated, focused and committed manner in the main mission of any government: working most for those most in need; for those who are disadvantaged, for women and men living in conditions of social backwardness.”
He reiterated that, “Today, delivering the City of Women is a faithful testimony, among many of the actions that we are undertaking to serve women and the states experiencing conditions of greater social backwardness.”
He said that he has a single desire: “For Mexico to do well and for us to build a better nation together .” “The best present I can have is for Mexico to improve with every passing day and for us to jointly build the Mexico we all want.”
“Achieving a Mexico with greater development, less poverty, less inequality, more justice, a prosperous, growing Mexico, will always be my best gift, and I hope that it will be so. That is my greatest desire.”
President Peña Nieto explained that the City of Women will provide services such as shelters and legal guidance to fight domestic violence; training for productive projects; guidance for access to credit; and health services such as the early detection of disease, particularly breast and cervical-uterine cancer.
He noted that this effort is designed, “To provide focused, especial attention for women in Mexico, particularly in the most backward regions with the greatest shortages and needs.” "Today we are here to work in favor of women from Mexico, in favor of those who are undoubtedly the lifeblood and the great engine of national development,” he added.
“Today the point is to make efforts in health to reduce mortality among women, as has been happening. We have significantly advanced the reduction of mortality rates among women,” he said. To this end, he explained, “It is essential to provide, as we are doing here, timely specialist medical care that allows us to provide the proper treatment and care for women who require it.”
He said that the City of Women is a model that is beginning here, which the government seeks to replicate in other parts of the country: “It is a model which, beyond the investment it requires, concentrates various services that help, support and support women in Mexico in a single place for their convenience.
President Peña Nieto said that all women, regardless of whether they work at home or professionally or in different areas, “Are the great support, the great engine, the heart of the effort to achieve progress and better conditions in Mexico.”
On the basis of this recognition, he continued, it was decided to build this public work in the heart of La Montaña in Guerrero for women, to provide them with services for elementary, basic needs, with meticulous care and, above all, better quality of life.
“What we want is for this to be a city for all women, regardless of the political or religious beliefs they may have, beyond their personal identification, the important thing is for it to be a place to meet women’s needs,” he said.
The president noted that the government’s social policy is dedicated primarily to focusing efforts, as in the National Crusade Against Hunger, “Which targets the areas and sectors of the population facing the greatest poverty, extreme poverty, those who cannot even afford to ensure their daily food.”
That is why the Network of Community Kitchens has been set up in the municipalities identified as the poorest and most backward, he said, noting that of the more than one thousand in Guerrero, 270 are located in this region of La Montaña. “This is where we are ensuring that the population can at least have their daily food guaranteed.”
The president also stated that the PROSPERA program goes, “Beyond the welfare model to ensure that beneficiaries who are involved in some form of productive activity can achieve improvements in their quality of life through the skills, abilities, and loans to which they have access.”
“This not only means giving economic support to the families most in need, but, above all, guiding them, first, so that their children not only complete elementary or middle school, but have alternative life choices so that they can pursue a degree. They will be able to have the necessary scholarship that will allow them to complete their university studies or a technical course that will open horizons and enable them to have decent, dignified work and higher incomes.”
President Peña Nieto said that together with social policy, “Which, I repeat, does not suffice to ensure the social development and quality of life we wish to provide throughout the country; we also need to speed up the growth of our economy.”
He said that, “Today we can work responsibly so that our country can maintain a safe, reliable pace in developing its economy. This is no easy task because there are those who offer simplistic solutions, sometimes with a populist touch that basically involves enormous irresponsibility or a lack of seriousness regarding what can actually be done.
“Providing simple solutions seems easy; carrying them out and achieving the large-scale projects that imply that Mexico will be able to grow and continue along the path of further development is a far more complex task,” he added.
As he explained: “This is a task that must be undertaken seriously and responsibly, with substantive changes that will allow us to achieve better conditions.” The government, “Is focusing its efforts on this, working with society and achieving better conditions for society by providing support,” he said.
After noting that, “A policy of welfare and support alone will not solve the conditions of marginalization and poverty,” he said that infrastructure development will enable more places in Guerrero to achieve the employment and productive investment that will create opportunities for Guerrero’s residents.
THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMY HAVE BEEN DRAWN FROM THE PEOPLE AND WORK EVERY DAY WITH CARE, SACRIFICE AND COMMITMENT FOR MEXICANS
The president thanked the Mexican Army and Navy for their constant work and for being “A bastion and pillar of the democratic institutions in our country, and working every day to preserve order, ensuring the security there must be in our country, to support the work of the Mexican State’s civil security institutions”.
He announced his decision to ensure that as of this event, the flag saluting ceremony held when they arrive in a state will be conducted, “In the presence of the people who accompany us at the various events.”
He expressed his desire to, “Advance the construction of a more harmonious atmosphere, an atmosphere of peace and tranquility we want for Mexican families.”
“As Mexicans, we must acknowledge the fact that our army, our navy in Mexico, composed of men and women, who have been drawn from the Mexican people, work every day with care, sacrifice and dedication on behalf of Mexicans,” he concluded.
PRESIDENT EPN’S COMMITMENT TO THE POOREST WOMEN OF MEXICO HAS BEEN FULFILLED: ROSARIO ROBLES
Secretary of Social Development Rosario Robles Berlanga said that the City of Women provides conclusive proof that in the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, “The commitment to the poorest women in Mexico is being fulfilled.”
She told the president: “You are celebrating your birthday with us, by meeting your commitment to women and Mexico”.
She explained that gender equality is central to the government’s agenda, noting that, “The opening of the City of Women confirms the commitment to building an inclusive Mexico, which can only be achieved if women are healthy, happy, powerful and informed; in short, free women”.
She said that this is, “A first world installation, because that is what the indigenous women of La Montaña in Guerrero deserve. Long forgotten, still invisible in the eyes of many yet thanks to the public works undertaken, they have now improved their quality of life and will continue to do so with this great city, which will provide them with important services.”
She said that the City of Women, “Is a place to create women who are able not only to reject and eradicate violence from their daily lives, but also to assume a transformational leadership”.
Robles Berlanga said that in the La Montaña region, a new generation social policy is being implemented. She reported that assessments of the “Salvador Zubirán” National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition and the National Public Health Institute, “Tell us that thanks to the National Crusade against Hunger in this region, perhaps one of the poorest, if not the poorest in the country, anemia has decreased and children’s weight and height has increased.”
THE CITY OF WOMEN DOES JUSTICE TO THE PEOPLES OF LA MONTAÑA: GOVERNOR ORTEGA MARTÍNEZ
Rogelio Ortega Martinez, Governor of Guerrero, said that the City of Women does justice to the peoples of La Montaña, especially the women in the region, because 17 municipalities border that area, “Whose heart is Tlapa”.
He told President Enrique Peña Nieto: “In the heart of La Montaña, we welcome you with open arms and an open heart. Especially because you decided that today, which is so significant in your personal life, you would spend it here, with the people of La Montaña in Guerrero”.
He declared that, “We have managed to create the necessary harmony; building peace is needed in Guerrero to reduce its backwardness.” He also said that, “As a result of this political and social crisis, we can say that we, too, been strengthened by justice, work and harmony and building peace for a new form of governance.”
THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT, FOR REMEMBERING US: ARACELI HERNÁNDEZ PELÁEZ
Araceli Hernández Pelaez, a resident of Tlapa de Comonfort, said that thanks to the inauguration of the City of Women in this county, we now have, “Health services, attention to violence, job training and education, in the same place.”
“The City of Women is a new opportunity to develop as women, with more autonomy and freedom,” said Araceli, who also thanked the president, since with public works such as this, the president, “Shows his concern and interest for us, who live in a backward zone, with many needs and few opportunities.”
“I invite all the women in the 19 municipalities in the La Montaña region of Guerrero to use the services offered here. Here, we will be treated with respect and dignity. Thank you Mr. President for remembering us,” she said.