In recognition of the work of women in the public administration of Mérida and their struggle in favor of their rights, this morning the unveiling of the commemorative plaque for the naming of the Rosa Torre González as the first woman ever to occupy a popular election position.
“Rosa Torre represents not only Merida’s women, but all Mexican women, since in addition to being the first woman elected to the city hall of Merida in 1923, she was the first in all of Mexico to win a public vote for a popularly elected position,” said the Mayor of Merida, Renan Barrera Concha.
In addition, he continued, the figure of this remarkable woman, who was one of the members of the First Feminist Congress held in this city 107 years ago, takes on greater relevance.
In the presence of Diana Canto Moreno, Municipal Trustee Councilor; Elisa Zúñiga Arellano, Councilor President of the Gender Equality Commission; José Antonio Escalante Chan, recipient of the Citizen Culture Award in the History and Chronicle Category and Researcher of the Life and Career of the First Councilwoman of the Mérida City Council, Rosa Torre González, and Fabiola García Magaña, director of the Municipal Women’s Institute (IMM), Barrera Concha emphasized that Mérida has been the cradle of valuable women ahead of their time who have opened the way in different fields of public affairs, especially in the respect for women’s rights and equality.
In his speech, José Antonio Escalante Chan, recipient of the Citizen Culture Award in the History and Chronicle Category, recognized the efforts that the Mérida City Hall is making in favor of the women of the municipality and that this naming of the Salón de Sesiones de Cabildo as Rosa Torre Gonzále will mark history in this administration.
“Today you are making history as councilwomen and councilmen because you are making visible the important role of women in Mérida and Yucatán,” she said.
Fabiola García Magaña emphasized that at a national and international level, Mérida is a precedent and a precedent of all this struggle that women are leading in different areas.
“My recognition to Mayor Renán Barrera because these actions speak of the will of this public policy to continue of course positioning women’s rights in this agenda that all the directions of the City Hall execute every day,” she said.
Barrera Concha indicated that the unveiling of the plaque seals the commitment to continue promoting the participation of women in public life, without forgetting those who, like Rosa Torre, were ahead of their time and knew how to put at the service of society not only their knowledge but mainly their tenacity, their conviction in their principles and their love for their city.
She thanked the councilwomen, the directors, and all the women who form the backbone of families and, therefore, of society, for their daily contribution to building a fairer, more equitable, and equal city.