uring the pandemic we felt things move and advance slowly, sometimes almost coming to a stop, but the truth is, the feminist movement never stops and neither does GIRE. 2021 began with a sense of hope as vaccination efforts gained momentum in our country and around the world, however, after a year of the pandemic, with its multiple impacts, 2021 invited us to be flexible, resilient and more creative.
At the beginning of the year we couldn’t imagine what would happen in the coming months, but we never lost confidence that our tenacity and the tenacity of others would bear fruit. And so it did!
What happened before the Supreme Court level in the second half of the year gave new impetus to our fight for reproductive autonomy. The sentences issued by the highest court represent a fundamental watershed that gives rise to a human rights approach and a gender perspective, as well as questioning the use of criminal law, as in the case of Coahuila, where declaring abortion a crime was deemed unconstitutional.
By establishing that the absolute criminalization of abortion is unconstitutional, that the protection of prenatal life cannot disregard the right to reproductive autonomy, and that conscientious objection must not hinder access to abortion services, the Court contributed to the understanding of abortion as an essential health service for women and people with the ability to gestate.
In addition, in just one year, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Baja California and Colima joined the list of states that recognize legal abortion under the same terms as Mexico City since 2007 and Oaxaca since 2019.
Throughout the year we continued carrying out GIRE’s mission since being founded. We contributed evidence-based information and sound legal arguments to the public debate with the publication of various documents.
We continue to collaborate with organizations and groups at the local and national levels on different projects.
Our work towards accessing justice continued with the monitoring and litigation of more than 70 cases during 2021.
The activities carried out by GIRE receive the support of different funders, including foundations, international cooperation agencies and a growing community of individual donors in Mexico and around the world. Thanks to your generosity we move closer and closer to our goals. We are committed to transparency and accountability. Our annual budget is divided as follows:
GIRE’s work is made possible by the support of three anonymous donors, the Arcus Foundation, Merck Global and Merck Mexico, Organon, Ford Foundation Office for Mexico and Central America, William and Flora Foundation Hewlett, the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, the International Planned Parenthood Federation Regional Initiative, and the Sigrid Rausing Trust, as well as the generous support of our individual donors, who are key to each of our accomplishments.