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Nov 23, 2011

Que Viva Gender and Equality; Mexico lessons

Marta Subinas

You need not look further than the House of Representatives to realize that there is not one female representative at a national level in the government.  And while the history of gender inequality is still being locally written, Mexico has a broader vision and experience that it wants to share with Belize. The Embassy of Mexico is sponsoring the seminar called “Gender Participation in Politics: The Mexican Experience.” It is being held on Thursday at the Belize Chamber of Commerce on Coney Drive. According to two faculty members of the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (FLASCO), the session is to promote the rights of women in Belize by sharing the Mexican experience.

Marta Subinas, Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences

“My exposition will be about the main focus in the egalitarian—focus for promoting the gender issues in the policies. There had been mainly three focus, three perspectives: equal treatment; that’s having the same civil rights, we have the same civil and political rights as men. The second focus is equal opportunities to have a different treatment because there are situations of discriminations. If we share the same treatment for men and women; if the men is here and we do the same with both the men will be always above the women. And the third focus is the gender mainstreaming which is to attack the main causes of discrimination of women. We will focus on the second which is the equal opportunities for women and we will share about the quotas in the electoral law. What is the main aspects we have to check in that law to have the guarantees to be elected. And I will speak of this focus in the policies and we will share also the experiences of Yucatan.”

Juan Carlos Arjona, Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences

Juan Carlos Arjona

“We want to address the women from the NGO’s and social movements working in amendments or proposals of law so that they can get this experience from Yucatan, from the federal government in Mexico, from Puebla or other states—the best practices. And in addition, tomorrow we also address the international obligation that Belize has with the community with the United Nations and the Organization of America States because Belize ratified two important instruments in international law: the convention for the elimination of discrimination against women and the convention for the elimination of violence against women.”

The workshop starts at eight-thirty a.m. inside the McField Conference Center of the Belize Chamber of Commerce.

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