Celebrating the day of the girl
U.S. Consul General Promotes Investments in Women on International Day of the Girl
Guadalajara, Jal., October 11, 2012 – U.S. Consul General Susan Abeyta today met with the Hispanic Women Group (Mujeres Hispanas) and other women's organizations to discuss the experience of women in their workplaces and their communities.
In her remarks to the group, Abeyta noted that "reliable data exists that correlates investments in women with a reduction in poverty – including a reduction in corruption - data that we have to take very seriously."
She added that "upon seeing such an enthusiastic and professional group like Mujeres Hispanas, I am confident that they are doing a great job, and am hopeful that they will achieve an atmosphere of equality for the good of women and for Mexico."
Later in the day, Abeyta marked the International Day of the Girl at the Mexican American Cultural Institute of Jalisco. Speaking to about 100 female students of English, she stressed the importance of education and the need to overcome gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic difficulties that disproportionately affect girls.
International Day of the Girl was adopted in 2011 by the United Nations´ General Assembly in order to recognize the rights of girls and the unique challenges which they face worldwide.