The international conference
on "Women in the Knowledge and Innovation Economy" began with a
panel discussion on innovation and
competitiveness led by AMEXCID
Executive Director Gina Casar. The
participants remarked on the need for more
flexible schedules to allow women to combine work and family life, and on
the fact that information technologies increase access to economic
opportunities and contribute to the empowerment of women.
The panel consisted of COFECE President Alejandra Palacios
Prieto; Geannina Dinarte Romero, Deputy Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade
of Costa Rica; María Fernanda Casanueva de Diego, SHCP Undersecretary for
Management and Budget; Teresa Cazola Bravo, entrepreneur; Alejandra Lagunes
Soto Ruiz, National Digital Strategy Coordinator; Mateo Lejarza, President of Digital
Convergence, AC; and Joana Caparrós Masip, President of Women Together.
The participants on the “Education
and Knowledge: A Level Playing Field” panel, moderated by Natalia Saltalamacchia, Director General of
the Matías Romero Institute, said that access
to ICTs, greater technical and scientific skills and curriculum changes are
crucial for the empowerment of women. "The creation of content is also
the struggle of women to transform their reality. Words are power," said
Claudia Calvin Venero, Director General of the Mexican Council on Foreign
The panel on "Wages
and profits: a demand for equality" discussed the challenges that remain to be resolved to end the pay gap and the unequal
distribution of housework. The
moderator was Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary of
Labor and Social Welfare.
and Equality panel
On the "Mexico: HeForShe" panel, the campaign for
Mexico was presented. Ana Güezmes said that gender equality is not only a
women's issue; men need to participate as well. So far, 700,000 men are part of
HeForShe worldwide, of which 17,000 are Mexican.
The last speaker at #MECImx, Aurelio Nuño, said that, of all the reforms that have been put in
place in Mexico, the educational reform
is the most important. He continued by saying that "today, our country
has an educational system with 34 million pupils and the challenge is to raise
the quality of this great system."