UNDP announces initiative to promote gender equality in Mexico

November 25, 2009 12:09 pm 

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 25 — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced Tuesday that it will give 1 million U.S. dollars in the 2010 fiscal year to promote gender equality and prevent violence against indigenous women in the southern Mexico states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

The funds will be channelled through the National Women's Agency (INM), a government body.

"The goal is to create a comprehensive mode that will prevent gender violence in indigenous settlements from a cross-cultural perspective," said UNDP representative in Mexico, Arnaud Peral.

INM President Maria del Rosario Garcia Gaytan said the agency had already picked out 60 towns and villages where the program could make a difference. (PNA/Xinhua)

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