While the topic is widely seen as worthy of attention domestically, the Biden administration has reportedly offered $10 million in taxpayer-funded grants to study gender equity in Mexico.
President Joe Biden, who has already faced harsh criticism from the right for his costly domestic spending proposals, is now apparently throwing money at social issues in a foreign country.
In an announcement last month, the Department of Labor confirmed that the Bureau of International Labor Affairs made the funds available with the intent of improving “gender equity in the Mexican workplace.”
The funds were reportedly designated to help finance a project addressing the “number of women in union leadership, strengthen protections, reduce workplace discrimination and harassment, and increase wages for women.”
Taking a “worker-centered approach” to the issue, the Bien administration asserted that the project should also address ways to “increase women’s participation in collective bargaining and empower worker organizations to undertake sustained action to promote gender equity in the workplace.”
The bureau, which exists as a subsidiary of the Labor Department, has a stated mission to “strengthen global labor standards, enforce trading partners’ labor commitments, promote racial and gender equity, and combat child labor abuses, forced labor and human trafficking.”
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Judicial Watch called attention to the latest development after obtaining a lengthy document from the bureau that provided details about what the grant funds should be used for as well as how eligible non-governmental organizations could apply for their share of the $10 million.
That summary was similar to the initial Labor Department announcement in terms of the desired outcome. A section containing “background information,” however, revealed why the Biden administration is willing to allocate the funds.
According to that document, Mexico enacted several constitutional changes in 2017 that were ostensibly intended to address workplace gender inequities, but the nation’s government has been dragging its feet in actually implementing the changes.
The bureau further asserted that the changes would be necessary in order for Mexico to remain in compliance with the terms of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. Of course, the nation will have until 2023 to fully implement the proposed reforms.
A final decision regarding which applicants will receive the grant funding is expected by the end of the year. The Biden administration has not ruled out the possibility that additional funds could be made available for a future extension of its effort to interfere in and alter the manner in which Mexican workplaces are managed.