Speech by Carla Humphrey to mark the International Day of the Girl Child

STENOGRAPHIC VERSION OF THE SPEECH OF THE INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL ELECTIONS (INE) ADVISOR, CARLA ASTRID HUMPHREY JORDAN, ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

Good day everyone, especially the girls, I counted 21, I hope I’m not wrong, 21 girls who have gathered here with us.

Today is a special day for INE, because today this institute celebrates its 32nd anniversary and that, moreover, joins this important celebration: the International Day of the Girl.

And we didn’t want to overlook that coincidence that we can move forward with girls, as our director has already said here, we have civic education work that’s done with girls, with boys, with adolescents.

But it is also true that we need to redouble our efforts, our country is far from creating conditions where girls and boys are equal; in which boys and girls have access to education, entertainment, not cleaning work or homework.

And these are the days that make the difference because they make us all see that we are not there, that as girls and boys they still do not have the same rights, that we must work to ensure that you decide what you want them to do, how what they want to do, what they want to study, where they want to work and what is the life plan they want to draw, how they want to see themselves in the future.

This, of course, is their home, both as girls now and as citizens later, this house is the home of all Mexicans.

And as Councilor Zavala says, now we are five women on the General Council, we hope to be more, six, seven, eight, nine, maybe eleven and once and for all, but the joke is that what happens when girls and women make decisions is that they change the way these decisions are processed.

It changes the sensibility with which we make decisions, it changes the way we see the decisions we have to make, and our environment, our families, our friends, our workplaces change.

Here, the counselors have worked hard to banish what they have heard, unfortunately, of conditions of discrimination, inequality and even violence against girls and women, not only in Mexico but around the world.

And that we must raise the consciousness of all people, but especially you, that you cannot allow visions of discrimination or violence. They must demand the same treatment and the authorities must ensure that we provide them with these conditions to exercise their rights and have a peaceful life, to decide what they want to study, where they want to study, how they want to study, where they want to work.

This, as we have already mentioned, as you have seen many times on television, is known as the horseshoe of democracy.

And why democracy? because democracy is a form of government in which we can all participate.

Each and everyone’s decision has equal weight, so women who have been pushed for many years to occupy these spaces, it’s time for girls to empower themselves, to be leaders, to know that they can participate in their community , in his school, in his family, which is his right and which no one can deny him.

Also, because the girls are brave, they are creative, they are struggles and they know how to carry out the plans they want to carry out, and so working directly with girls is something that gave us a very good experience and this work of being with girls, after that of working with young people and later with women so that they can occupy these spaces or any other space.

We’re talking about public spheres, like this, what it’s like to be a senator, what it’s like to be a deputy, what it’s like to be the president of the republic, we don’t have those yet.

And maybe one of you can be the president of this country and just give you some information.

There are 22 countries that have female heads of state or government. 25 percent of parliaments in the world are occupied by women. For the first time in the history of our country, we have something very relevant: there are nine women governors, nine women who are in charge of the states of the federated entities, that this has never happened in our country and for the first time, our Chamber of Deputies consists of even more women than men for the first time in our history.

And the Senate, because it is made up of 50 percent.

We need to ensure that girls are free and that they exercise that freedom safely, that they can go to their schools safely, that they can be with their friends, with their friends, with their family safely.

The issue of security is a women’s issue, which for women and girls is very relevant, not only in Mexico, but around the world.

And to have those ways to connect, to know that even though we live in different places, we can support each other as women, as girls, is what the three of us do as counselors, but it’s what we do with candidates, that connect, that get to know each other, that they know, that they can support each other, that they can support each other, that they can have similar careers.

More importantly, I think this shot where you can see empowered women in public office gives a good direction and is a good example, so any of you, if you’re interested, can be here or you can be at NASA, or you can be a super famous doctor, or they can be architects, engineers, have a company, but from now on they need to know that differences are not marked by gender.

It’s not because they’re boys and we’re girls or you’re girls, we stopped being you a while ago, but that doesn’t make any difference, it doesn’t decide what a girl wants to do or what she can do, not in Mexico or the world.

So I believe that our mission at the National Electoral Institute is to empower women, to empower girls, to give them the elements from now on that you can assert and fight for your rights.

Know that it’s not like Claudia said because housework is for the girls or girls should stop studying because it’s the boys who should go to school, that’s absolutely false, the dynamic has changed and besides, that it is called discrimination and this cannot exist in our country and who better than you to know from now on that these are problems that cannot be allowed, that cannot be tolerated, that there are no differences that can be marked between children and between girls, because if not, we are not building a Mexico in which we all fit in, in which we are all equal and in which democracy, yes, but overall our country is a better country.

A country with equality, no discrimination, no violence, and I think we held a Children and Youth Consultation. We do it every time there’s an election and I think, I guess a few of you participated and the issues that you were most concerned about were education, for example, fair removal of girls’ work, non-discrimination and non-violence, no abuse against girls.

And I think that’s what we’re taking with us as the National Electoral Institute to be able to work with you, with what you need, and with what other bodies should also be able to, for example, have laws , who protect the rights of girls.

I would like to end with one sentence that I think is important: all positions are for all women and for all girls.

There is no position at the level of any local community, any state, any municipality and, of course, at the national level; this may be for men only.

Women and girls have the full right to participate and when they are 18 years old to vote and vote, therefore we must fight to guarantee these rights, always welcome in this institute, in this National Electoral Institute that belongs to everyone and to all Mexicans .

Thank you very much for taking the time to come here and celebrate, we are not celebrating, we are celebrating to see that there is an International Day of the Girl because there are still no equal rights between boys and girls and that is what we have to we work.

Many thanks to each and every one of you and of course to the families, their fathers and mothers who accompanied them.

Thank you very much.

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