By Mariana Barragan

When Coralie, from Girls 20 staff invited me to write about Margarita Zavala, Mexico´s First Lady, I did not have to think twice to say yes.

I wanted to write about her to distinguish that aside from being the First Lady (name she doesn´t even like to be called at) she is a great woman with an amazing career and has inspired many to fight for the rights of women and children.

She initiated her participation by thanking everyone for caring about women. In 1995 during a UN summit she attended, they discussed how different history would be if only women had taken part of decision making and that many things have been lost by excluding women.

Nowadays technology may be a tool to empower women, but also the First Lady mentioned it might increase gender gap which is why process needs to be watched and helped by policies and actions (like the Girls20 Summit) to seek for equity.

About the main topics of this year´s Summit, she declared how important food security was for women; especially after migration processes lead women to work the land. Regarding gender violence she said that it does not only weakens women but men as well. Gender violence leads, for example, to growth in economic and wage gaps.

On health, Margarita Zavala claimed how Mexico has different programs specifically targeted at women and that in part these achievements are due to women in the decision making positions. In education, there are also important policies, like scholarships and text books designed to break cultural barriers so that Mexican girls can now dream to have their own businesses or even being President when they grow up. However, in the labor sector, reforms have not been made.

She invited all delegates to not stop caring about women. Many women out there face everyday challenges and hope that young ladies, more privileged and prepared, turn around to see them. She insisted all delegates should aspire to decision making positions and most importantly to love their countries and decide always for equity and equality.

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