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Mauricio Vila says he is working for a safe Yucatán for all women

by Sofia Navarro
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In front of businesswomen, academics, politicians, activists, scientists, and leaders of the Gender Agenda, Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal presented the actions and strategies that have been implemented in Yucatán since the beginning of his administration. These measures aim to ensure a more just and secure state for women, promoting their empowerment, talent, capabilities, and economic development.

After inaugurating the Second International Congress of the 50+1 Collective, which seeks to support and promote gender perspective actions to encourage more women to actively participate in decision-making spaces, Vila Dosal highlighted the establishment of the Ministry of Women (Semujeres) since the beginning of his administration. The budget for Semujeres has been strengthened by 122% from 2018 to 2023. Additionally, resources for the State Executive Commission for Victim Assistance have increased by 84%, and those for the Office of the Attorney for the Protection of Girls, Boys, and Adolescents have increased by 50%.

In the presence of María Elena Orantes López, International President of the 50+1 Collective, the Governor mentioned that all 106 municipalities in the state now have their Women’s Institute, and there are already 34 Violet Regional Centers to prevent and address violence against women. These centers have been reinforced with more legal, social work, and psychological staff. In 2023, the facilities of the centers in Buctzotz and Ticul will be renovated.

In the presence of Cecilia Patrón Laviada, a member of parliament and also the president of the 50+1 Collective in Yucatán, as well as legislators Xóchitl Gálvez Ruiz, Beatriz Paredes Rangel, and Amalia García Medina, Vila Dosal highlighted the efforts to extend prevention measures to all social actors. This is being done through the Violet Distinctions, certifications designed to provide women with violence-free spaces in universities, schools, and workplaces. Agreements have been signed with 101 companies, 4 chambers of commerce, and 3 associations. Additionally, the Violet University Network, which includes 100 public and private universities across the territory, has been established.

Other initiatives mentioned include “Women with Safe Housing,” which provides economic support for accessing a violence-free life, including up to 3 months’ rent for a house. Assistance and support are provided throughout the state, and partnerships with international organizations, such as the United Nations Population Fund, Deloitte, and Organon, have been formed to achieve better results in this area.

To empower women, various programs have been implemented to support women entrepreneurs and those working in agriculture. Furthermore, the first women’s softball tournament called the “League of Change” was created, with the participation of 120 teams from across the state and over 1,600 players.

Regarding the prevention and addressing of violence, laws have been modified and reformed, including the Vicaria Law, the 3 of 3 against violence Law, and the Law that Regulates Municipal Women’s Offices. These changes have made it mandatory for the cabinets of all 106 municipalities to have equal gender representation, and the punishment for femicide has been increased to 65 years of imprisonment.

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