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Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and is home to an estimated 4.6 million women. The city is led by Mayor Martí Batres.

In 2019, then-Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo established the Secretaría de las Mujeres (Women’s Secretariat). The Secretaría de las Mujeres demonstrates the administration’s commitment to facilitating and optimizing the fight against gender violence and implementing public policies to reduce and close inequality gaps between women and men in Mexico City. The Secretary is currently Ingrid Gómez Saracíbar.

Mexico City is a founding member of CHANGE and served as the network Chair from 2022-2024.

mayor Martí Batres

how mexico city is advancing gender equity

care Indicators System

Part of a more extensive Gender Indicator System, CDMX’s Care Indicators provide reliable and up-to-date information on how supply and demand for care is organised in Mexico City

Abogadas de las Mujeres

Abogadas de las Mujeres (Women Lawyears) is the Mexico City Government ‘s strategy to guarantee access to justice for women who live and move around the capital. They provide advice and at the moment of appearing in front of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. 

Declaration of Alert for violence against women

In response to repeated protests calling out impunity for violent attacks against women in Mexico City, then-Mayor Sheinbaum issued a gender violence alert, activating a series of measures to address violence against women. The declaration sought to implement emergency actions to guarantee the safety and rights of women and girls living or moving in the capital city and to convey a message of zero tolerance to violence.

lunas

Lunas are spaces where women who experience any type of violence will find advice and psychological and legal support to get out of the circle of violence, in addition to providing information and channeling on issues such as sexual and reproductive rights, Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (ILE) and economic development.

There are 27 Lunas throughout Mexico City and they are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All services are provided free of charge.

strategic gender & mobility plan

The Strategic Gender & Mobility Plan defines three strategic axes that respond to the main problems faced by women in public transportation: a) reduce sexual violence and aggressions against women in the Integrated Mobility System, b) strengthen gender parity and the institutional culture in the mobility sector, and c) address the needs of women in travel patterns in an effective manner.

rainwater collection

Rain Harvest is a social program operated by the Ministry of the Environment to improve the water supply for people who live in water-scarce areas. A rainwater collection and use system (SCALL) is designed to allow the intercepting, collecting, and storing of rainwater. This program seeks to reduce inequalities in access to water, increase resilience to occasional water supply crises, and contribute to closing the gender gaps that affect women, who are disproportionately tasked with collecting water to cover basic household needs.

Between 2019 and September 2023, 62,700 Rainwater Harvesting Systems were installed in nine municipalities.

women pollinators

The project seeks to promote the training of women in theoretical and practical knowledge of gardening and urban gardens, with emphasis on the creation of pollinator gardens.

Comprehensive Health Unit for Trans People

The Comprehensive Health Unit for Trans People seeks to contribute to promoting, caring for, and including the Trans population in the Public Health Services of Mexico City. The unit provides care from a community perspective through medical interventions for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention based on scientific evidence to guarantee access to health care for the trans population.

PILARES

The Points of Innovation, Freedom, Art, Education and Knowledge (PILARES) are part of a community and comprehensive educational policy to regenerate the social fabric in parts of Mexico City considered “priority areas.” PILARES is a project designed to reduce violence and social inequalities. It is focused on areas with a lower Social Development Index, higher population density, greater presence of young people (between 15 and 29), and where there are problems of violence.

Residents in PILARES’ priority areas can start or continue their studies – from literacy education to bachelor’s degrees – as well as access sports, cultural, and trades workshops, marketing, and entrepreneurship that allow them to achieve economic autonomy. All activities are free.

policing with a gender perspective

The Police Development Plan with a Gender Perspective is an institutional change initiative that aims to reduce inequality gaps between men and women and promote the career development of female police officers of the Secretariat of Citizen Security based on merit and substantive equality.

semujeres documentary center

The documentary unit of the Women’s Secretariat intends to promote a specialized bibliographic, newspaper, and documentary collection that contributes to a critical understanding of the condition and social position of women. Users can access information on gender issues, women’s rights, substantive equality between women and men, prevention and attention to violence against women, and public policies for equality

observatory for women’s political participation in Mexico city

The Observatory of Women’s Political Participation in Mexico City is a joint initiative of institutional, academic, and civil society members dedicated to understanding and monitoring the progress of women’s political participation and representation. It is an intersectoral group led by the three local public institutions in charge of promoting, respecting, protecting, and guaranteeing the civic and political-electoral rights of women in Mexico City. 

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