“United against violence towards children and women” was the title of the Forum organised on 22 March in Mexico City by the Mexican Senate. All speakers, including the President and several members of the Senate referred to the interest for Mexico to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (the "Lanzarote Convention") and to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence (the "Istanbul Convention").
The Senate joined the two Council of Europe campaigns ("One in five" and "Stop domestic violence against women") and urged the government to support the awareness raising efforts. The Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, made an opening speech and contributed to the discussions on the two topics, underlining that the Lanzarote and the Istanbul Conventions are the most far-reaching international treaties available and hence a reference for any country wishing to make progress in the elimination of violence against women and against children.
During her visit to Mexico, the Deputy Secretary General also had in-depth exchanges with the President of the National System for Integral Family Development (First Lady Ms Margarita Zavala) and its Executive Director Ms María Cecilia Landerreche Gómez Morín. During a trip to Chiapas, she visited the migration station in Tapachulas and had the opportunity to discuss with several unaccompanied minors. At a meeting with at the IFAI (the Mexican authority on access to information and data protection), the Mexican data protection Commissioners recalled their wish to see Mexico acceding to the Council of Europe Convention on data protection.