Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu and the President of
the National Women's Institute (INMUJERES), Lorena Cruz Sanchez, chaired a
interministerial meeting to begin selecting the policies, programs and outcomes
to include in Mexico’s report related to the Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Mexico will present its
ninth report to CEDAW in 2016.
Foreign Secretary Ruiz
Massieu referred to the high profile the gender agenda has attained in the
international arena, saying that Mexico’s report to CEDAW is an opportunity to evaluate
the actions taken to prevent discrimination and promote gender equality based on
the priorities defined by President Enrique Peña Nieto.
equality is one of Mexico’s foreign policy priorities. Mexico was one of the main
promoters of including equality and inclusion on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Lorena Cruz discussed the plan for putting the ninth report together and
mentioned some measures that can be taken in coming months to consolidate Mexico’s
progress and address the challenges that still remain regarding gender
The meeting, held on
January 11 at the Foreign Ministry, was attended by the heads, undersecretaries
and representatives of 30 agencies and institutions involved with the observations
and recommendations made by CEDAW to Mexico.
coordination with other branches and levels of the government, the meeting was
also attended by Eruviel Ávila, Governor of the State of Mexico and CONAGO President;
the President of the Senate Commission for Gender Equality, Diva Hadamira
Gastélum Bajo; the President of the National Electoral Institute, Lorenzo
Córdova Vianello, and representatives of the judiciary. Also present were
Roberto Campa, Undersecretary of Human Rights of the Interior Ministry; Renato
Sales Heredia, National Security Commissioner; Ambassador Miguel Ruiz Cabañas,
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights; Guadalupe Gómez Maganda,
Head of the Policy Unit for Gender Equality, and representatives from the Navy
and the Defense Ministry.
Over the coming
months, the Foreign Ministry and INMUJERES will hold a series of meetings and
forums with civil society organizations.