Delegate: Ms. Regina Arauz
66. Ms. Arauz (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the inclusion of Goal 5 and the mainstreaming of the gender-perspective in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were to be celebrated. The status of women in the world remained unequal, however, and efforts to establish mechanisms that would expedite the empowerment of women, the full realization of their rights and the elimination of violence against them must be redoubled.
67. Women were essential to a country’s economic, social and cultural development; without their involvement, true sustainable development would be impossible. Recognizing the work done by the United Nations system to promote gender equality and empower women thus far, Mexico believed that actions aimed at advancing the situation of women should lay down concrete measures that ensured their full participation in development.
68. The Mexican Government had recently demonstrated its commitment to gender equality with the announcement of a number of coordinated policy actions, including the raising to ministerial status of the national gender equality system, the promotion of more equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women in the home, and greater efforts to prevent teenage pregnancies and reduce maternal mortality.
69.The national strategy to prevent teenage pregnancies included the promotion of informed decision-making and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services and sex education at all levels. Civil society and academia were involved in its implementation. Meanwhile recent political reforms that guaranteed gender parity in candidature for local and federal legislatures had resulted in women now accounting for 42 percent of deputies in Congress. Mexico would continue to promote and share its experience with sex-disaggregated statistics and budgeting.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/70/SR.9