Mexico City, Mexico, March 31, 2022 – The first National Women & Security Conference organized by the U.S. and Mexican Governments came to a close today.
The conference featured eight panels covering topics from the implementing a national gender policy, to women’s access to justice and best practices to combat gender-based violence.
The conference advanced the goals of the Bicentennial Framework and brought together more than 2,000 participants, including experts in justice and security. Participants exchanged information on efforts to address issues affecting Mexican women, such as gender-based violence, femicide, lack of economic and professional opportunities, and human trafficking.
The U.S. Government, through the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), pledged to continue dedicating resources to train Mexican women in the security and justice sectors and by 2024, increase to 50 percent the number of INL-funded Mexican women trainees. Through the Bicentennial Framework, the United States and Mexico have committed to building safer communities, including by reducing violence and the exploitation of vulnerable groups. The partnerships created through this conference will deepen collaboration between both countries and further cement the role of women as key contributors to shared bilateral security goals.