Equality Forum / Victoria EsperanzaBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 03/29/2021 - 12:35
Violence against women. Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres opened the morning conference. Speaking remotely, he said that violence against women is on the rise and that the pandemic has placed them at a further disadvantage. Efforts must be made to end gender inequalities and violence, he said. In response, Olga Sánchez Cordero, Minister of the Interior, said: “There are still great challenges to build a world in which women, in their diversity, fully exercise their rights and have the same opportunities.” Guterres participated in the morning conference as part of the inauguration of the Generation Equality Forum in defense of women’s rights. The forum starts today and runs through March 31 in Mexico, which is co-hosting the event with France. The forum culminates on June 30-July 2 in France.
Woman dies in police custody in Tulum. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed the death of Victoria Esperanza Salazar, a female migrant from El Salvador who died while in police custody. “It is a fact that fills us with sorrow, pain and shame. Tell their relatives, Salvadoran and Mexican women, the women of the world that those responsible are going to be punished, they are already in the process of being prosecuted, and there will be no impunity,” López Obrador said. Four police officers have been charged with femicide after the woman died while being restrained, according to the Guardian newspaper.
COVID-19. AMLO asked citizens to be careful during Easter holidays. “Nothing is prohibited, it is a matter of being aware, the pandemic continues, unfortunately; the number of infections is decreasing but there is a pandemic, and we must try to avoid getting sick until we have the vaccine to protect us.” López Obrador also said that he is waiting to get vaccinated. “They recommended that I wait for the vaccine because I have enough antibodies.” Head of Government of Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum said that by next week, all the elderly in the country’s capital would be vaccinated.
Energy Reform. López Obrador stated that Mexico has to be self-sufficient when it comes to its energy. The Energy Reform that was approved in the previous administration was a result of bribes that were handed over to legislators, he said. “We forget that we are undergoing a perverse, harmful Energy Reform that was formed to benefit a minority,” said AMLO.
Migrants. Addressing the issue of migrants in the US, Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said that immediate actions are being promoted with the hope that US President Joe Biden’s administration will accept the proposals made. Ebrard added that actions would be promoted to handle unaccompanied minors who many times left their country with an adult but were abandoned along the way. AMLO said he would not rule out the possibility that migrants could be hired by Mexican consulates since they “help Mexico a lot with their remittances.”
Face-to-face classes. López Obrador reiterated the importance of students returning to face-to-face classes. After the vaccination of older adults, the campaign would continue with teachers and educational personnel from both the public and private sectors so that students can return to classes.
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