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Building an Inclusive Mexico

Policies and Good Governance for Gender Equality

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Mexico is slowly advancing on the path to gender equality. Many public policies aimed at empowering women are now in place: over the past two decades, Mexico has increased investments in girls' education, greatly expanded childcare and preschool, improved gender mainstreaming in government, and ensured that female politicians are well-represented at the ballot box. Yet, despite these efforts, many Mexican women still do not feel the effects of these policies at home, at work, or in public spaces. Large gender gaps remain in educational outcomes, participation in the labour market, pay, informality status, and hours of unpaid childcare and housework. “Unlocking Mexico’s full potential,” as Mexico's National Development Plan prescribes, will depend crucially on how well Mexico closes existing gender gaps in political, social and economic life and promotes real social change. Mexico must continue to invest in social and labour market policies that empower women, and reinvigorate efforts to reduce inequalities in education, labour force participation, job quality, unpaid work, and leadership. This will require embedding gender equality objectives in all public policies and budgets, across all levels of government, and ensuring the effective implementation, enforcement, and evaluation of policies and laws to achieve inclusive outcomes.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

The OECD has been championing gender equality on many grounds for many years. We have not only provided evidence of why gender discrimination is bad for individuals, for families and for society as a whole, and the level of well-being they aspire to, but also how it negatively affects the growth potential of our economies. The strong support that the OECD has provided, as well as the diligent work carried out by the Sherpas (including the OECD), have elevated the importance of the gender agenda and have led to strong commitments by both G20 and G7 Leaders. This work has helped to further advance the G20 gender target, aiming to reduce the gap in labour force participation rates between men and women by 25% by 2025.

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