First International Congress of the 50+1 Collective is held

The work of the First International Congress of the 50+1 Collective begins in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Within the programmed activities, the campaign to eradicate feminicidal violence "Vencer al Silencio" (Overcoming Silence) was presented.

In the framework of the beginning of the work of the First International Congress of the 50+1 Collective at the International Center of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, the inaugural declaration event took place, which was presided over by the national and international president of the Collective, María Elena Orantes López, as well as the host of the event and president of the Jalisco Chapter, Lorena Martínez; Senator Beatriz Paredes Rangel; the president of Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mirtha Villalvazo Amaya; the president of INAI, Blanca Lilia Ibarra; Senator Nancy de la Sierra; the vice-president of the Colectivo, Claudia Corichi García; the president of the Yucatán chapter, Cecilia Patrón Laviada; the president of the Hidalgo chapter, Carolina Viggiano Austria; the president of the Human Rights Commission of the Colectivo, Angélica de la Peña Gómez; Senator Rocío Abreu Artiñano; the technical secretary of the Collective, Claudia Trujillo Rincón and the general director of the International Convention Center of Puerto Vallarta, Magaly Fregoso Ortiz; in addition to the presidents of national commissions, state and international chapters and members of the Collective.

"The main objective of this organization is to promote the cause of women from civil society beyond ideologies and partisan positions, bringing together women from all disciplines and areas of public and private life in the country".

María Elena Orantes López

During her speech, Maria Elena Orantes Lopez, thanked the union of efforts and leaderships that make up the Collective and reiterated that the main objective of this organization is to promote the cause of women from the civil society above ideologies and partisan positions, adding leaderships from all disciplines and spaces of public and private life in the country.

During a video message, the governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, recognized the work and leadership of the president María Elena Orantes at the head of the Colectivo 50+1 because this organization has been a key space for dialogue and empowerment of women. She also highlighted her government's efforts in the area of substantive equality for the benefit of women. She also acknowledged that Lorena Martínez's work as head of the Jalisco Chapter is a benchmark of leadership in the state. 

Likewise, the president of the Jalisco chapter, Lorena Martinez, thanked the effort and commitment of the attendees for the realization of the Congress. She emphasized that this event will lay the foundations for a national and international agreement based on women's causes.

On the business side, Francisco Cervantes, President of the Business Coordinating Council, delivered a message in which he emphasized and made clear the importance and relevance of women's participation in the country's economic life and income generation.

In her message, after the interventions of the members of the Presidium, Senator Beatriz Paredes Rangel, who made the official opening remarks, recounted the progress of women's rights throughout history. In this context, she emphasized that these advances have achieved the demystification of power, which has facilitated women's access to real decision-making positions in political matters.

Finally, as part of the programmed activities, the campaign to eradicate feminicidal violence "Overcoming Silence" was presented by the President of the National Commission for Women's Access to a Life Free of Violence, Diva Hadamira Gastélum, who denounced that, given the exponential increase in violence against women, it is imperative to raise awareness of this issue.

Likewise, the thematic tables "Women in the Exercise of Power", moderated by the technical secretary of the Collective, Claudia Trujillo Rincón, and "Challenges for Equal Opportunities", moderated by the president of the Oaxaca Chapter, Mariana Benítez Treviño, were also held. The work of this congress will conclude this Saturday, September 3. 

"Never again a Mexico without us".

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