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SUBJECT: GOM Consulting Internally on Reintroducing 2005 HRC
Resolution on Women and Property

1. Poloff met February 8 with GOM Secretariat of Foreign
Affairs (SRE) Director for Women's Affairs Norma Contreras to
present a USG proposal that Mexico reintroduce one of the
resolutions it sponsored in the Human Rights Council in 2005. This
"Resolution on Women and Property" (CHR, CHR 2005/25 - Reftel)
emphasized women's right to equal ownership of and access to land,
property, and adequate housing. In 2005, it passed by consensus.

2. Poloff stressed to Contreras that, if SRE would be willing
to resurrect the text for the March 2010 HRC session with minor
changes to the text, the USG would be a strong advocate for its
passage and believes it would highlight our joint commitment to
integrating gender into the mainstream of the HRC's work.
Contreras asked what changes the USG would request, and Poloff
highlighted the wording within OP 4 (Reftel) that emphasizes an
unqualified right to adequate housing and right to inheritance.
Contreras recognized the distinction in the terminology requested
by the USG.

3. Contreras told Poloff that she would consult with her
counterparts in several other SRE sections and then respond to the
Embassy. Poloff requested a response at least two weeks before
the beginning of the March HRC session, so that if Mexico decides
to move forward with the resolution, both our governments will have
sufficient time to begin lobbying capitals early.
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