The rights of women in America, their well-being and participation in politics will be the focus of a meeting organized by EL PAÍS, which will take place next Wednesday, May 31 in Mexico City. The event will be attended by prominent figures of American politics, such as Claudia Sheinbaum, head of Government of Mexico City; Francia Márquez, Vice President of Colombia; Yolanda Díaz, second vice president of Spain, and Claudia López, mayor of Bogotá. They will talk with Pepa Bueno, director of this newspaper, about the challenges of women in a continent marked by inequality and violence.
The meeting will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology from eight in the morning and will feature several exhibitions and discussion tables such as the participation of women in democracy, their political rights and their representation in public life. In this table will participate Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile; María Emma Mejía, former secretary general of UNASUR; Eleonora Caroit, French MP; Marcela Aguiñaga, perfect of the provincial government of Guayas, in Ecuador; and Myriam Méndez, coordinator of Valiente es Dialogar and former director of the Ford Foundation. This table will be moderated by the journalist of W Radio and columnist of EL PAÍS, Gabriela Warkentin.
In a region where 2022 closed with more than 4,000 women victims of femicide, Wednesday's meeting will analyze the conditions in which they can access justice, because in addition most of these crimes go unpunished. Of all violent deaths of women, only between 30% and 35% are classified as femicides by authorities, according to Mexico's National Observatory of Femicide, a trend that is replicated in other countries in the region. On this topic will discuss Beatriz Argimón, vice president of Uruguay; Ernestina Godoy, attorney general of Mexico City; and Ana Maria Salazar, former deputy assistant secretary of the Pentagon.
Sustainable development and the role of women after the COVID-19 pandemic will also be analyzed at a table in which Aurora Vergara, Minister of Education of Colombia; Rosa Junquera, director of sustainability at PRISA, Aimée Sentmat de Grimaldo, president of Banistmo, in Panama; and María Noel Vaeza, Regional Director of UN Women. After the event, which is also organized by PRISA Media, the Government of Mexico City and UN Women, participants will visit two of Claudia Sheinbaum's flagship projects in the Mexican capital: the Cablebús that runs through Iztapalapa, one of the largest delegations in Mexico City, and PILARES, a project for the reintegration of young people through culture.
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