México promotes knowledge economy, innovation and culture as key drivers for gender equality at the United Nations
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Permanent Mission of Mexico and the Mexican National Women’s Institute, in collaboration with UN Women and Sony Music, held a symposium entitled “Culture, Knowledge Economy and Innovation”, hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) during its sixtieth session at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The priority theme at CSW this year is “women’s empowerment and its relationship to sustainable development”.
Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, said: “Nowadays, Mexico is a global and regional stakeholder and a strategic partner for UN Women and it has played a proactive role promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rigths in the 2030 Agenda Planet 50-50.
Within its own country, Mexico has made significant progress in the strengthening its domestic laws on gender equality and on the elimination of violence against women, and in institutionalizing gender-sensitive planning, statistics and budgeting”.
The President of INMUJERES, Lorena Cruz, said that a paradigm change rooted in an innovative technological revolution is needed to empower women as champions of change, with greater decision-making powers so as to have more influence on the economy, politics, health, culture and the environment.
The conclusions drawn at the international summit “Women in the Knowledge Economy and Innovation”, held in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, on January 25th and 26th, were presented at the event. This initiative, led by Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, in commemoration of the centenary of the First Feminist Congress in Mexico, identified proposals regarding the challenges and opportunities for the empowerment of women in terms of the knowledge economy.
Roberto Lopez, President of Sony Music México stated " Talent and effort have no distinction; they come in all colors, ages, and genders. On behalf of all members of the Sony Music Mexico family, I would like to express our pride in being part of the HeforShe project with our album, and once more declare our commitment to comply with and communicate the values and messages of the campaign, and I invite all participants from the private sector to work firmly for a 50/50 world without discrimination, with full equality between men and women. Let’s not wait for others to do it, let’s join hands and work together!”.
Magos Herrera, who referred to music and the arts as an important vehicle for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, gave a performance acompañad by the musicians who contribuye to the project.
Composer, producer and guitarist Javier Limón who, due to prior engagements could not be present, sent a moving video message, “HeForShe is the most wonderful experience of my life. Keep working because the world of music is a world of men and women who, hand in hand, will create an incredible future.”