International activists, academics, officials and prominent
individuals are attending the first
international conference on "Women in the Knowledge and Innovation Economy”
(#MECImx 2016), being held from January
25-26 in the Peón Contreras Theater
in Merida, Yucatan, where the First Feminist Congress of Mexico was held
100 years ago.
At the inauguration of the conference, Foreign Secretary Claudia
Ruiz Massieu said that the resource most
wasted by countries is the creative and transformational potential of women
and that it will not be possible to achieve sustainable development if the full
capabilities of women and children are not encouraged.
The Foreign Secretary was accompanied at the inauguration by
Yucatan Governor Rolando Zapata Bello;
Ana Güezmes, head of UN Women in Mexico; INMUJERES President Lorena Cruz
Sánchez; and Supreme Court President Luis María Aguilar.
During the day, there were videoconferences with Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and
Nobel Peace Prize winner; Ziauddin Yousafzai, an educator, activist and the
father of Malala; Al Gore, climate change activist and former US Vice President;
and Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the US Small Business
There was a panel on
Mexico’s view of and commitment to the empowerment of women with Foreign
Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Senator Gabriela Cuevas; Amalia García, Mexico
City Labor Secretary; INMUJERES President Lorena Cruz Sánchez; and INDESOL
Director Maria Angélica Luna Parra, and talks
by Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General for the Iberoamerican Conference, and
Thomas Suarez, TED youth speaker and application developer.