Political violence against women: a hemispheric challenge



Political violence against women: a hemispheric challenge

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 14:15 to Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:00

The inter-american commission of women (cim) seeks to place political violence against women as the first topic in the hemispheric debate. Research shows that increased visibility of this violence has paralleled the raising participation of women in political office. It has also prompted the adoption of temporary measures, such as gender quotas and parity.

In Latin America, some countries are taking steps to prevent and eradicate this violence. Bolivia is the only Latin American country that has adopted a law to address this violence in 2012 "Law against Political Harassment and Violence". Other countries, such as Mexico , Peru , Costa Rica and Ecuador, are considering bills that sanction this violence.
In the framework of the Belém do Pará Convention, the MESECVI will continue to address the situation of women victims of political violence in the Americas and the challenges to eradicate this violence.


Wednesday, February 25th

2:00                 Opening ceremony 
  • José Miguel Insulza, OAS General Secretary 
  • Alejandra Mora, Minister for the Status of Women and President of the CIM, Costa Rica 
  • Adam Blackwell, Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS

2:30-4:00        Political violence against women: From impunity to the law, from law to the implementation  

  • Gabriela Montaño, President for the Congress, Bolivia 
  • Susana Villarán, Former Mayor of Lima and President for the RENAMA, Perú 
  • Jacqui Quinn, Senate Minority Leader and Former Minister, Antigua and Barbuda (TBC) 
  • Angélica de la Peña, Senator, México 
  • Piedad Córdoba, Former Senator, Colombia 
  • Aparecida Gonçalves, National Machinery of Women, Brasil (TBC) 
  • Morena Herrera, Women’s Rights expert, El Salvador 

Moderator: María del Carmen Alanís, Magistrate of the Electoral Court, México

4:00-5:30      The role of political parties in addressing political violence

  • Ana María Solórzano, President of the Congress, Perú (TBC)
  • Diva Hadamira Gastélum, Senator, México 
  • Mia A. Mottley, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Opposition and Former Deputy Prime Minister, Barbados (TBC) 
  • Paola Pabón, Member of Parliament, Ecuador 
  • Cecilia López, Former Senator and Former Minister, Colombia 
  • Carmen Zuleta de Merchán, Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, Venezuela 
  • Otilia Lux de Cotí, Former Member of Parliament and Leader of the party Movimiento Winaq, Guatemala 

Moderator: Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero, Secretaria Técnica del MESECVI


  • Flor María Díaz, President of the Committee of Experts CEVI/MESECVI 
  • Carmen Moreno, Executive Secretary of the CIM

Cocktail -Aztec Garden offered by the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS, Ambassador Emilio Rabasa Gamboa

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