GIRE (Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida) Annual Report 2018

“We work to ensure that, one day, Mexico will be a country where women do not face discrimination.” Regina Tamés, Executive Director

GIRE is the principal source of the latest information on reproductive justice in Mexico, often cited by lawmakers, media, allied organizations, and academics. In 2018, we found innovative ways to address our priority issues, including the criminalization of abortion, an agenda for the new government with reproductive rights proposals, a research study into the lack of transparency surrounding adoption in Mexico and extensive report on the state of reproductive justice in Mexico. 

The four reports we published this year were cited 149 times in the press.In the over 500 pages of material, you can find:

270 legal instruments reviewed, including penal codes, norms, protocols, constitutions and laws, and

94 public policy proposals.

As an organization, GIRE has accumulated 26 years of research, analysis and public policy proposals constituting a comprehensive body of information that gives us a unique vision on the reality of reproductive justice in Mexico over the years, including advances and setbacks.

The current judicial system in Mexico is not designed for women.That is why GIRE is determined to challenge it, as many times as necessary, until public authorities guarantee women’s reproductive rights and seek reparations for those whose rights continued to be violated.

Each case we accompany goes beyond legal advice and defence,as it contemplates the woman’s psychological, medical and financial needs, as well as any others. In addition, we strive to achieve comprehensive reparations, based on the highest human rights standards, for each case, which goes beyond economic compensation, where the State addresses the structural deficiencies that caused the violation of the rights in the first place. Other achievements include:

38 new cases accompanied in 11 states and Mexico City

15 legal stays won

2 cases won in the Supreme Court

11 cases, undergoing the reparation process; in three, important measures have been complied with.

GIRE also has an extensive network of allied lawyers who share our vision for a judicial system that serves women. We now have 18 allied lawyers in 14 states.

Advances attributed to our work include:

14 new bills presented by legislators citing GIRE

And recommendations by two United Nations committees(CEDAW and DESC) that use information from the shadow reports that GIRE prepared and presented.

… and much, much more.