Motivated by the austerity measures of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), the Governing Board of the National Institute of Women (Inmujeres) approved a 75% budget reduction to the agency’s expenses.
This percentage is equivalent to 151.9 million pesos and it was determined during a virtual meeting in which the Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero and the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, also presented, according to Political Animal.
In a document exposed during the Second Ordinary Session 2020 of Inmujeres, the amount of the cut was revealed. Also, the newspaper Reform reported that approval was obtained with 13 votes in favor, 10 against and three abstinences.
Of the total amount of the cut, 147.2 million are part of the “3000” chapter corresponding to general services and the other 4.7 million belonged to the “2000” chapter regarding materials and supplies.
Given the sharp cut, Sánchez Cordero asked the institution to try to be more efficient with the new budget.
What we can do the most, with the least we have, because there is no other way, with less doing more, or with less doing at least what we did
Regarding the reasons for this decision, an audio broadcast by the media revealed that reference was made to the financial crisis caused by COVID-19.
During the meeting, various sectors of the institution expressed their disagreement with the cut, as was the case of the Inmujeres Social Council.
Among the strongest criticisms was that the Women, for being a guiding axis of equality policy in Mexico, It should be a strong institution without lack of resources. In this sense, the cut is “a bad message” for both state and federal policy.
Hours before, the secretary of the government had announced that the budget assigned to the institution would be respected. On the other hand, the agency reported that both its administrative team, as well as that of the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women (Conavim) “Will continue to work on the procedures for guarantee the use of these budget items and not affect the subsidies granted to the federal entities”.
In its information card, al Segob assured that none of the prevention and care programs from violence against women would be affected by the austerity decree published on April 23, because in its fraction V, point 38, it was pointed out that this measure would not apply to any program of human rights.
Despite the harsh panorama facing violence against women in Mexico, the President assured that “women in Mexico have never been so protected as now. In Mexico human rights are not violated, before the Mexican State was the main violator of human rights ”.
This was due to the questioning of a reporter about whether the executive considered that his administration had “failed women”.
On the other hand, Conavim had previously announced that there were eight states with no budgets to implement actions related to the Gender Violence Alert (Avgm), a mechanism that has been adopted in 21 entities to take actions to stop femicides.
Currently the states with the highest number of femicides so far this year are the Mexico state with 47 registered from January to May, followed by Veracruz (35), New Lion (30), Mexico City (29), Puebla (28) and Jalisco (22). Quintana Roo and Tlaxcala were also reduced, although not entirely.
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