Thank you and good morning. I want to welcome all the members
of this distinguished presidium, especially Carmen, Juana and all the women who
are being recognized here today for having dared to speak out and tell their
stories, which reflect their challenges but are also stories of hope and work
and the struggle of millions of women in Mexico and around the world.
I want to thank and congratulate INMUJERES for this
initiative, which has given us a better understanding of the problems of
migrant women, because it allows us to be part of the effort to bring to light
this reality that concerns all of us and to which we should all be committed.
The video we saw is just an example of the 300, the more
than 300, contributions from women in different parts of the country who
participated and that bring us all together in solidarity and make us all think
and reflect on how much remains to be done and how much we should all do.
Within the federal government—as my colleagues have already
said—President Peña Nieto is committed, very deeply committed, to having all of
us who work with him do our part to change this reality little by little, so
that—as Carmen said in her video—when she took the very brave decision to leave
behind all she knew, her surroundings, her home, to leave behind her friends to
make a different destiny far from where she lived, she found help from friends,
from neighbors, from social organizations.
And today, we in the government must build the institutions
that make it possible for every woman facing a violent situation, a desperate
situation or one of abuse, to find an answer, to find help, to find paths to
empowerment, ways to get ahead and to find justice.
But that is not achieved solely through the work of an
institution; is not achieved 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, and encouraging
every Mexican to make this reality and this commitment their own.
Just as my colleagues did, I salute all of you brave women
who have raised your voices and are building a different Mexico for yourselves
and for our children.
Mexico is a country that today, in the age of migration, is
a country in which not only do we see how, every day, millions of Mexicans
leave to live in another country, especially the United States—but also how
Mexican women, especially, also leave their communities to live somewhere else
in Mexico, and how our country is also a country of transit where millions of
men, women and children cross our territory each year trying to reach the
We are also a country where people from other neighboring
countries come to settle, they migrate here, and we are a country where every
year we receive more and more Mexicans who return after having emigrated to the
United States and other countries.
This reality makes us different, a unique country. It has
made those of us in the federal government work with the same sensitivity and
commitment that President Peña Nieto has, that each of us who work with him
has, and all of the women and men who work here in the Foreign Ministry, to
create programs to address and help, protect and serve and be close to the
needs, problems and requirements of the Mexican women and men, our sisters and
brothers in other countries who have chosen for various reasons—necessity, insecurity,
economic circumstances, violence, or who are simply motivated by the desire to
leave in search of more favorable environments for achieving their dreams—to make migration a
In Mexico, we have worked hard to ensure that the attention,
protection, service and support we provide abroad through our consulates or
here, through various institutions—such as the ones represented here by some of
our colleagues from the federal government who have shared their experiences with
us today—is attention, protection and service that always acknowledges that
each migrant, each woman and, especially, each child and adolescent, is an
individual with human rights that must be protected, that must be safeguarded
and that must be accessible to all at all times.
These are people who deserve and should demand that their
dignity be respected by all of us, and we have made progress in creating these
programs and institutions. We have sought to create new ways to provide help,
support and attention.
For example, through our consular network, we give birth
certificates to all Mexicans who are abroad and do not have their papers with
them and need to provide proof of where they were born. Last year, for example,
we issued more than 90,000 birth certificates to Mexicans abroad who didn’t
have to come to Mexico for this important document.
We gave more than 12,000 scholarships to Mexicans so they
could study abroad, and helped hundreds of times to repatriate the bodies of
our compatriots who died abroad.
Every year we provide legal assistance and support to
thousands of Mexicans living in the United States for job-related issues or
family law, criminal law, etc., seeking to ensure that they know and feel that
they have not been forgotten by the Mexican government and their fellow
Mexicans; that we are here to help them, no matter where they are.
I am glad that, with this initiative, INMUJERES has helped us
make this reality that we cannot ignore, this reality that all of you have
showed us with such sensitivity and invited us to share, a central part of our
day and our responsibility, with solidarity as Mexicans.
And, in addition to congratulating the award winners today,
who were recognized for their excellent display of sensitivity, I also want to
tell you that today I am delivering to one of our winners who received second
place in the video category, Amalia Manuel Pedro, her identity and travel
document that she requested along with some others, under the Convention
relating to the Status of Refugees and Stateless Persons. Congratulations, Amalia.
With this identity and travel document, Amalia will be able
to apply for her Mexican nationality through naturalization and we will be
happy to help you, Amalia, and anyone who asks, not only Mexicans at heart but
also Mexicans by law.
Mexico is your country, it is our country, and it will
always protect you. Congratulations to the winners and to those who were recognized
for their excellent work.