Delegate: Ms. Mariela López Marcocchio
24. Ms. López Marcocchio (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, said that women’s advancement was impeded by structural barriers the world over. Her country’s recent legislative elections, in which women had attained gender parity, demonstrated the effectiveness of proactive investment and affirmative action. In Mexico, more and more women were entering the armed forces, public security services and, more recently, United Nations peacekeeping operations. Moreover, recent legal reforms would lead to true structural and cultural change. Mexico had learned from other countries and successful programmes, and it had also shared its good practices. [*5*]
25. At the multilateral level, Mexico recognized migrant women as agents of change in their countries of origin and destination, and it had sponsored the draft Human Rights Council resolution on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (A/HRC/38/L.1/Rev.1) which, inter alia, urged States to ensure women’s bodily autonomy and right to decide freely on all matters relating to sexual and reproductive health. Her Government was also continuing its efforts to promote the agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, particularly with respect to women’s access to justice; the importance of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders; and the importance of technology for rural women.
26. Mexico was concerned about the polarization of multilateral forums, which resulted in stagnation. In particular, it condemned the attacks on gender equality within the Third Committee. Mexico would continue to advocate for the right to reproductive and sexual health as an essential element of empowerment. Regarding the current session’s focus on intersecting forms of discrimination, it was important to recognize all women’s organizations and to enlist the support of men and boys.
27. Through its Global Centre of Excellence in Gender Statistics, established in cooperation with UN-Women, Mexico would continue working with the United Nations system and regional mechanisms to improve statistical systems and generate data and statistics to inform gender equality policies. She urged Member States to join forces on Sustainable Development Goal 5 because, according to current statistical trends, it would not be attained without more progressive multilateral action.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.9
UN Doc.: A/C.3/73/SR.9, 8 October 2018, p. 4, Youth Delegate Search: https://youthdelegatesearch.org/mexico-2018-5/.