OF THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION
Gabriela Cuevas Barron
She was elected president of Inter-Parliamentary Union on 18 October 2017. She serves as Senator since September 1, 2012. She was the Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee, responsible for the analysis of Mexico’s Foreign Policy, the ratification of Ambassadors and Consuls General, as well as the approval of international treaties signed by the Executive and the departure of troops outside national territory. Her tenure has been characterized by her close relationship with ambassadors and parliamentarians from different countries.
In the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Senator Cuevas Barron is the Chair of the Delegation of the Mexican Congress to the IPU. From 2014 to 2016 she was a member of the Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law, which she chaired during the period 2014 to 2015. She is currently the Internal Auditor for the year 2017.
Some of the most notorious results brought by her performance at the IPU, include the drive she provided (in coordination with the Bahrain Parliament) to the unanimously adopted resolution «The role of parliamentarians in protecting the rights of children, unaccompanied migrant children, and in preventing their exploitation in situations of war and conflict«. Similarly, in order to promote the design of more gender-equitable laws, she developed (in collaboration with the Indian delegation) the subject of study and resolution «Promoting enhanced international cooperation on the SDGs, in particular on the financial inclusion of women as a driver of development«.
Her participation in international parliamentary forums includes the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, where she co-chaired the Committee on Political Affairs, Security, and Human Rights; her work at the Mexico-European Union Joint Parliamentary Committee, and the Pacific Alliance’s Parliamentary Monitoring Committee, among others.
Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron has more than 20 years of political career. Convinced of being a participant in the democratic consolidation of Mexico and conscious of promoting citizen participation in the country, at age of 15 she joined the National Action Party, being the main opposition force in an environment of transition to democracy in Mexico. Along the same lines, together with a group of young people, she founded the Fundación Educa México, A.C., committed to improving education in Mexico.
Since 2001 to date, Senator Cuevas has focused her efforts, as a legislator at the local and federal levels as well as the Head of an important District of Mexico City, on promoting laws and actions in favor of Human Rights, gender equity, the fight against corruption, transparency and environment protection. Senator Cuevas’ personal and professional initiatives have always been driven by an interest in promoting social justice and ensuring local impact on the daily lives of citizens.
Her work at the Senate has various highlights. She was the author of the initiative to reform and harmonize the Mexican Constitution on asylum and recognition of refugee status, with international treaties of which Mexico is part, particularly in the area of human rights and international humanitarian law. Also her support to the reform to the Law of the Mexican Foreign Service that guarantees the right to identity of the thousands of migrants abroad who were not registered at the moment of birth in Mexico, through the issuance of birth certificates through the Mexican consulates.
Senator Cuevas has also done extensive work in promoting respect for the human rights of Central American migrants who travel or stay in Mexico in search of better opportunities, particularly in the case of children and adolescents. In addition to the law reform initiatives presented in the Senate of the Republic, as delegate of Mexico to the Forum of Presidents and Legislative Presidents of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) presented the proposed Framework Law on Protection and Assistance of migrant children and adolescents, whose text will serve as a basis for the members of the organization to elaborate their national legislation.
Likewise, it is important to mention the work of Senator Cuevas Barron as a member of the Constituent Assembly of Mexico City. In that context, she chaired the Mayor’s Committee with the aim of setting up a new model of local governance that ensures closeness, modernization, transparency and efficiency in public management.
In addition, she succeeded in translating into the Constitution of Mexico City, enacted on February 5, 2017, the obligation of the City authorities to guarantee the respect and protection of the human rights of those foreign persons to whom the Mexican government has recognized Asylum or refugee status, strengthening the humanitarian spirit of the Mexican State to provide protection to people fleeing persecution and violence in their countries of origin.
In addition, Senator Cuevas Barron has served as Deputy in Mexico City’s Constituent Assembly (2016-2017), Federal Deputy in the LXI Legislature (2009-2012), Head of the Local Authority (Equivalent to a Mayor) of Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City (2006-2009), Deputy of the Federal District’s Legislative Assembly (2003-2006), Federal Deputy of the LVIII Legislature (2001-2003), Advisor to the Undersecretary on Normativity and Media, Ministry of the Interior (2001), and Research Assistant at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (2000-2001).
She studied Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (1997-2001) and has completed various seminars and courses in political communication, public management, and political theory at Mexican and foreign universities and institutions.
Senator Cuevas Barron participates regularly in several Mexican (radio, television, and print) and international (print) media outlets. Additionally, she is the author of several articles and chapters on issues related to human rights advocacy and women’s empowerment.
She was born on April 3, 1979, in Mexico City.