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11 Sep 2013

Presentation on Québec’s international commitments to equality of women and men in Mexico

Julieta Ovalle, Member of the College of Lawyers of the Mexican Bar Association; Christiane Pelchat, Québec Delegate General in; and Odette Rivas, Member of the Mexican Bar Association.

Québec Delegate General in Mexico Christiane Pelchat gave a presentation in Mexico City in August on initiatives by Québec to promote the equality of women and men pursuant to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which was adopted on December 18, 1979, by the United Nations General Assembly.

The presentation, which was organized by the College of Lawyers of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados) in collaboration with the Québec Government Office in Mexico, was given before an audience of prominent members of the Mexican legal community.

The Delegate General highlighted the increasingly important role being played by Québec in combating discrimination against women, notably by presenting examples of government initiatives. These include the creation of the Conseil du statut de la femme, the inclusion of the concept of the equality of women and men in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the adoption of a gender equality policy.

“Québec is known as one of the societies that is showing the way on equality between women and men. Through its laws, which are often in the vanguard, Québec has implemented measures that are not only the envy of other countries and provinces, but contribute greatly to creating a more just and egalitarian society,” said Ms. Pelchat.

The presentation was also an occasion to exchange points of view, opinions and experiences on the right to gender equality.

Québec Government Office in Mexico
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
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