• Today we can say that there has been progress, but this agenda has not been completed and we still have a long way to go, he declared.
  • I am sure that women who are in spheres of empowerment today, who have an active presence in various areas of our social life, and will be voices that support and encourage achieving this condition of equality between men and women, and avoid discrimination and violence, he declared.
  • The reality of injustice, inequality, discrimination and violence against women is not only changed by decree, by wishing for it or by protesting against those injustices. That reality can be changed, modified and improved by various policies, which is what we have done, he said.
  • The president led the International Women’s Day Celebration.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that his government has promoted public policies and programs aimed especially at women, “To achieve a society where women participate on equal terms with men”.

As he led the International Women's Day Celebration, the president added that, “Today we can say that there has been progress, but this agenda has not been completed and we still have a long way to go”.

“I am sure that women who are in spheres of empowerment today, who have an active presence in various areas of our social life, will be voices that support and encourage achieving this condition of equality between men and women, and prevent discrimination and violence,” he declared.

He said that, “The reality of injustice, inequality, discrimination and violence against women is not only changed by decree, by wishing for it or by protesting against those injustices. That reality can be changed, modified and improved by various policies, which is what we have done”.

The president said that since the beginning of his Administration, when the National Development Plan was defined, “We made sure that in all Federal Government agencies there were programs, policies and mechanisms exclusively targeting and designed for women, which would allow us to create spaces of opportunity for women in our country”.

“There is no government agency that does not consider this gender perspective or have specific programs designed for the women in our country,” he added.

President Peña Nieto said that, “The first thing we proposed was the empowerment of women by giving them a greater space of presence in different areas of responsibility and action, providing a channel for their creative capacity, and their desire to have something, to build something by themselves, for themselves, for their families, and that is part of what we have been promoting through this empowerment”.

“I instructed all government agencies to adopt the Mexican Labor Equality law, which consists mainly of making work schedules more flexible so that women, and also men who are responsible for their homes, can cope with the double responsibility of taking care of their homes but also be able to work,” he said.

Nearly three out of four entities that have been certified by this Labor Standard for Labor Equality are in the federal public sector.

The president mentioned some of the programs or policies that have been established in this Administration to empower women:

  • Through the National Entrepreneurs’ Institute (INADEM), credit support has been granted for women entrepreneurs in our country with preferential rates. In the Secretariats of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) a credit program was designed to support productive projects with credits for women, at a lower rate than men pay.
  • Between 2015 and 2017, through the Development Bank, more than seven thousand loans were granted to women, for an average of one million pesos.
  • In the Housing Program, construction of the Pink Room was established, of which nearly 400,000 have already been built, which are designed for the girls of the house, the women in a family.
  • Promotion of full-time schools, because it is an opportunity for women who work to know that their children are safe.

"We have quadrupled the number of full-time schools from six thousand to the twenty-five thousand we have today, which give  working women the opportunity to know that their children are being well looked after, in an educational space where they are not only receiving education but also engaging in other leisure, recreational, and cultural activities outside the educational curriculum, after school hours”.

  • The number of IMSS, ISSSTE and SEDESOL daycare centers in the country has grown. Moreover, children who attend these nurseries are given recognition for the studies they do there, especially in the first year of the preschool level, which did not happen before.
  • Political Reform was part of the agenda of changes and structural reforms promoted at the beginning of this Administration.

"It's a change that is here to stay. I'm sure women will prevent it from changing, since it involves opening up more space for women's participation by forcing political parties to ensure that 50 percent of the candidates for Federal Congress and local Congresses are women,” he said.

He highlighted interesting cases such as the state of Coahuila, where the state Congress is made up of 56 percent of women and the state of Veracruz, where the number of municipalities governed by women doubled from 26 to 52.

  • In terms of health, “We were able to curb the trend observed since 2000, of pregnancies in women under 20 years of age, where 19 of every 100 women who became pregnant were adolescents”. He explained that a reversal in the number of unwanted pregnancies in adolescent women has already been observed as a result of educational and prevention programs.
  • In 2016, all government agencies were instructed to follow a protocol to prevent sexual harassment. Today, in every agency, a protocol is being followed to prevent the harassment of women, and also men, but especially women because this is one of the realities we want to change,” he said.

THIS IS THE ONLY ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS PLACED THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE AT THE CENTER OF THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: LORENA CRUZ SÁNCHEZ

Lorena Cruz Sánchez, President of the National Institute of Women, highlighted the strong commitment by President Enrique Peña Nieto to the issue of equality, which has placed it at the highest level in this country.

Lorena Cruz added that he has been the only president to have led the National System for Equality and that this is the only Administration, “That has placed the gender perspective at the center of the National Development Plan”.

"Mr. President, you will be remembered as the president of parity. Thanks to the bill you submitted, women can aspire to elected posts in equal proportions, explained the President of INMUJERES,  who added that this year, there is a record of more than nine thousand women candidates for various elected offices. In this regard, she welcomed the bill, already in the Senate, to typify the crime of political violence against women. 

Lorena Cruz also highlighted the increase in the budget with a gender perspective, which amounted to 68 per cent between 2012 and 2018. “We are talking about nearly 48 billion pesos allocated to programs for women”.

She mentioned the creation, within the National Conference of Governors, of the Commission for Equality between Men and Women, as well as the Declaration for Equality between Men and Women signed by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2014.

"You marked the route for agencies and states to work in a coordinated manner. You also charted the course so that we could work in a close, coordinated way in the various states throughout the country,” he declared.

IN MEXICO, GREAT STRIDES HAVE BEEN MADE TOWARDS THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION AND TRANSVERSALIZATION OF THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: UN WOMEN

Belén Sanz Luque, representative of United Nations (UN) Women in Mexico, said that in this country, for the first time ever, gender equality is one of the transversal axes of the National Development Plan, and thanks to the National Program for Equal Opportunities and Non-discrimination against Women, PROIGUALDAD, with the leadership of the National Institute for Women, great strides have been made towards the institutionalization and mainstreaming of the gender perspective.

From UN Women we want to congratulate Mexico today on the great steps it has taken in recent years and on consolidating an unprecedented expansion in women's rights, legal frameworks and governance for substantive equality, she added.

Sanz Luque pointed out that, “Never have so many women in Mexico had access to education, and never have so many women occupied political positions, something we applaud because of women’s leadership in this field”.

“At UN Women, we believe it is fundamental to continue building on the great foundations Mexico has created, a country that has committed itself to advancing quickly to end the historic imbalances of inequality,” he declared.

EVERY DAY THERE ARE MORE WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR GENDER EQUITY: ANA CAROLINA CASTILLO

In her speech, Ana Carolina Castillo, a young woman who is part of the Women in STEM, Future Leaders Program, a project designed by the US organization Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, through Puntos México Conectado, highlighted the importance of women's participation in the technological advances Mexico has made.

She urged people to, “Realize that men and women are equally talented,” and acknowledged that, “More and more women are fighting for gender equity”.

 "Yes, there are many of us but not all of us, and that is what the Women in STEM Program is all about, an initiative that seeks to change the country for a successful Mexico where there is gender equality; where we are heard and feel able, strong and courageous to do everything we set out to do; not to feel inferior if we want to be engineers or scientists; get rid of our prejudices and, above all, help each other as women, because that is the most valuable tool we have,” she added.

She explained that Women in STEM has five fundamental elements: mentoring, sessions with professional speakers, visits to universities and companies, tasks and teamwork and, at the end of the program, a camp abroad.

WOMEN ARE THE ENGINE OF MEXICO'S DEVELOPMENT: LETICIA JÁUREGUI, FOUNDER OF WOMEN MOVING  MEXICO

Leticia Jáuregui Casanueva, founder of the Women Moving Mexico Program, “Which attends and trains nearly 50,000 women in eight  states, and which the World Bank and CONEVAL call the program with the greatest impact on eradicating poverty and creating new jobs for women in the country, throughout the country,” said that women are the engine of development in Mexico. “That is a reality, not just rhetoric. We must continue to strengthen them and ensure that we become more and better entrepreneurs,” she said.

Government and society must continue to work together to ensure that all women entrepreneurs in this country can move forward, she concluded.

I AM TOTALLY CONVINCED THAT MEXICO IS A LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES:

LILIA NOEMÍ MARTÍNEZ, BENEFICIARY OF THE WOMEN'S SME PROGRAM

Lilia Noemí Martínez Jiménez, a beneficiary of the SME Women Program, said that she is the only woman in the packaging and packing sector in the country who has won a tender from a leading private company.

"When you, Mr. President, say that Mexico is a land of opportunities, I am totally convinced of this, and I will tell you why: the only way I managed to do it was to have a well-defined goal, to have a venture, and this venture was out of necessity; I discovered I was good at what I was doing,” she said.

"One of the greatest sources of pride I have is that I am a job creator; 220 women work with me, many of them in vulnerable situations like the one I lived in, and who have all the support they need, and some of them have different abilities. That is my greatest achievement," she said.