The EU as a Gender Equality Actor in Mexico: An Active Agent with a Potential for Further Engagement

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Series Details 1/2023, Number 1
Publication Date January 2023
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The European Union (EU) is committed to promoting human rights and gender equality in its external relations. Mexico, a strategic partner of the EU, continues to face serious challenges regarding gender equality, gender-based violence being the most pressing one. This paper examines to what extent and how the EU is promoting gender equality in this country by assessing the EU’s actorness and forms of engagement. It argues that the EU enjoys a high level of actorness, but that it does not fully exploit its potential and could further build on existing activities and deepen cooperation with Mexico.

The EU and Mexico have institutionalized their relations by establishing a strategic partnership and a free trade agreement. These set the basis for various dialogues, such as the Joint Parliamentary Committee and the High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights, which provide a platform for the parties to exchange views and share best practices in improving gender equality. In addition, the EU finances many projects in Mexico with the goal of supporting the country in its pursuit of gender equality.

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