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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
President Bachelet of Chile is the last woman standing in the Americas
SANTIAGO, Chile — No one relished the milestone more than President Michelle Bachelet of Chile. For a few years, she and two other female leaders presided over much of South America, representing more than half of the continent’s population. Their presidencies — in Argentina, Brazil and Chile —...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Manual for Incorporating a Gender Perspective into OAS Electoral Observation Missions
The methodology for incorporating a gender perspective into OAS/EOMs presented in this manual provides OAS international electoral observation with the technical tools for a careful examination of equitable participation by men and women throughout the electoral process. Other methodologies...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Women’s political participation in Latin America: some progress and many challenges
By Pilar Tello Rozas and Carolina Floru Over the last two decades, important regulatory progress has been made in Latin America on the promotion of women’s political participation. 16 of the 18 Latin American countries have implemented affirmative action mechanisms, aimed at enhancing women’s...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Motherhood in the Americas
Child, early and forced marriage is not well understood in the Americas region, although UNICEF estimates that 29% of girls in Latin America and the Caribbean, or almost 1 in 3 girls, are married before the age of 18. Some countries surpass that figure at the national level (the Dominican Republic...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
OAS and ParlAmericas Agree to Strengthen Legislative Transparency and Policies of Gender Equality
OAS and ParlAmericas Agree to Strengthen Legislative Transparency and Policies of Gender Equality
Friday, August 05, 2016
Sexism in Politics 2016: What can we learn so far from media portrayals of Hillary Clinton and Latin American female leaders?
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has published an article on sexism in politics. Due to its interest for the advancement of women’s political empowerment we are featuring it on our platform. Click here to read the original article. The history of sexism within the United States runs deep. While...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Legal Standards: Gender Equality and Women's Rights
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) has ruled repeatedly on impunity for human rights violations as one of the main obstacles to observance of the rule of law in the region. This entails immediate and...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Access to Justice for Women Victims of Sexual Violence in Mesoamerica
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and jurisdictional dimensions of this issue, as well as the...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time and time again, the Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter the “IACHR” or the “Commission”) has stressed how vital access to justice is to eradicating violence against women once and for all.    On a number of occasions, the Commission has enumerated what duties are incumbent...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
OAS approves the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with a special recognition of gender equality
The Organization of American States, OAS, approves a historical American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 17 years after the first meetings to sign this Declaration. Héctor Huertas, lawyer and indigenous leader of the Guna people in Panama, who participated in the first meeting of...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Webinar of the Working Group on the Protocol of San Salvador
Members of the Working Group, as well as representatives of civil society organizations and academia will evaluate lessons learned and assess the results of the First Round of National Reports on the Protocol of San Salvador. This online event is intended for government officials, civil society...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Marcela Huaita, new President of the Inter-American Commission of Women
In the framework of the XXXVII Assembly of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) in Lima there were elected the new authorities that will govern the Steering Committee of the CIM from 2016 to 2019, responsible for exercising the political representation of the Commission and guide its work...
Monday, May 09, 2016
The Mesoamerican Initiative for Women Defenders of Human Rights offers data on violence against women in politics in this region
The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) has published an article on the situation of women defenders of human rights in Mesoamerica. The article highlights the extra difficulty experienced by female human rights activists in a context marked by discrimination and gender inequality, due to the...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Roundtable: “From Exclusion to Equality in Latin America? More Rights for More People through Citizen Participation”
With this event The Organization of American States opens a space to debate about the regional advances within the framework of the “Protocol of San Salvador”, accessible here. The debate refers to the importance of promoting and enabling the participation of civil society. Click here to learn more.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Global efforts for the incorporation of the gender perspective to drug policies
The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs adopted in Vienna, Austria, a resolution on the necessity of incorporating the gender perspective to drug-related policies and programmes.  The resolution  highlights the importance of policies and programmes on drugs having into account the specific necessities...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
OAS to Debate “Gender, Peace and Security in the Americas”
The Organization of American States (OAS) –through the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)- the Principality of Liechtenstein (in its capacity of Permanent Observer) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) will organize on Thursday, March 17th at 9:00 EDT (13:00...
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
OAS Electoral Mission in Belize recognized advances in procedures and systems that allowed for an inclusive electoral process
The Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) that observed the general elections in Belize on November 4, 2015 today presented a report to the Permanent Council highlighting the procedures and systems “that generated a generally inclusive and clean electoral process”. The Mission...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Gender, Peace and Security in the Americas: A policy round-table
Event Description This policy round-table, organized jointly by the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), will focus on identifying concrete policy and programmatic entry...