Within the framework of the International Women’s Day, the fourth general visitor of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), María Eréndira Cruz Villegas Fuentes acknowledged the State Congress, saying that Yucatán is above the national average in legislative content in favor of women rights.
During the Forum “Legislative Harmonization in Mexico and Yucatan to guarantee the Rights of Women” (Armonización Legislativa en México y Yucatán para garantizar los Derechos de las Mujeres), three fundamental topics were discussed:
- Presentation of the legislative harmonization in Mexico on the rights of women
- Reforms to the laws of the State in favor of women’s rights
- Legislative Challenges, by the deputies Celia Rivas Rodríguez and María Ester Alonzo Morales
The event was headed by Alaine López Briceño on behalf of Governor Rolando Zapata Bello; the president of the Board of Governors of the state Congress, Celia Rivas Rodríguez; the judge Santiago Altamirano Escalante, on the part of the Judicial Power and Miguel Sabido Santana, in charge of the State Commission of Human Rights of Yucatan.
In the legislative chamber, 180 laws of the country were monitored, with 13,240 articles on justice, social inclusion, incorporation to the labor order, economic development and various rights that may be accepted by local congresses.
Cruz Villegas Fuentes congratulated the Yucatecan representatives, the president of the Governing Board, as well as the presidents of the Commission on Human Rights, Elizabeth Gamboa Solis, and Gender Equality, Maria Ester Alonzo Morales, for the work done to establish a strategic vision with a gender perspective.
“These laws must be implemented in everyday life, employment, violence prevention, multiculturalism to preserve the Maya language, these tools are fundamental ” Cruz Villegas said.
Celia Rivas stressed that the advances, achievements and rights that she has reached as women over the past few years, “cannot be seen as a concession, but as a product of the tireless struggle from all sectors of society”, which will also mark the route to equality and justice.
“I am sure that this Forum will give much to talk about, because the legislative harmonization that we have achieved at the federal and state level is evidence of the commitment that all levels of government have with the rights of women,” she added.
Alaine López celebrated the concrete actions on issues such as Gender Alert, a campaign launched by the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry, in order to promote the human rights of women.
The head of the presidency of the CODHEY, Miguel Sabido, emphasized that his agency is fully committed to society, in order to achieve the empowerment of women, equality between men and women, as well as respect, promotion and defense of their Human Rights.
“We believe that in order to build a new culture in favor of women we have to achieve the mainstreaming of laws in public policies that take into account the situation of vulnerability of women in situations of violence, or in case of disability, pregnancy, aging, poverty or ethnicity,” Sabido concluded.
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