Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu led today’s award
ceremony for the “Migrant woman, tell me your story” contest, emphasizing that
addressing the issue of migration is a priority for the federal government and
that it deserves the attention of all sectors of society.
"President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration is
committed to changing this reality. It is up to us to make it possible for every
woman facing a situation of violence, a desperate situation or an abusive
situation, to find an answer, assistance, paths to empowerment, a way forward
and, above all, to find justice,” she said.
Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu said that to transform the
reality of migrant women, the participation of all sectors is required. “This
is not achieved solely through the work of an institution, or through the work
of the government or of any one government by itself. It is achieved through
everyone’s work, through a common vision and with the joint commitment of all
federal institutions and agencies as a whole and in cooperation with state and
municipal governments. Above all, it is achieved by working with the private
sector, with civil society,” she explained.
She stressed that, through its network of embassies and
consulates around the world, the Foreign Ministry provides various services. She
cited as an example the 90,000 birth certificates that have been issued to
Mexicans abroad, who did not have to travel to Mexico to get the certificate in
The "Migrant woman, tell me your story" contest
asked Mexican women who live or have lived abroad, internal migrants and
foreigners who live in Mexico to tell their story about migration in writing or
in a video.
The winners were: Juana Ruiz Díaz, first place in the essay
category; Brenda Karina Bautista Arce, second place for an essay; Carmen Carrera
Martínez, first place for a video; Amalia Manuel Pedro, second place for a
video; and Flor Karina Reyes Rodríguez, third place in the video category.
Honorable mention went to Ariadna del Carmen Sánchez
Reséndiz, Crystal Solís Rodríguez, María del Rosario Ochoa Sánchez and Civilina
Isabel Aguilar Hernández.
During the ceremony, Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu gave one
of the winners, Amalia Manuel Pedro, the identity and travel document she had
requested under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and Stateless
Lorena Cruz Sánchez, President of the National Women's
Institute, said that this contest gave Mexican women abroad and foreign women
in Mexico the chance to describe their experiences with migration,
acculturation, adaptation and integration into the target communities and their
reintegration into their hometowns.
She noted that there were 345 entries submitted by women who
live in 46 countries on five continents and that daily life, transportation
problems and the lack of suitable living conditions were some of the themes of
the entries, along with many success stories.
The ceremony was attended by Humberto Roque Villanueva, Undersecretary
for Population, Migration and Religious Affairs of the Interior Ministry; and
Ernesto Nemer Álvarez, Undersecretary of Social and Human Development of the Social
Development Ministry; and representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social
Welfare and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, among other
Remarks by Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu at the
“Migrant Woman, Tell Me Your Story" contest.