Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean visits Brazil to promote gender equiality withing different sectors of society

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean with Benedita Da Silva, Congresswoman of the Federal Congress of Brasil during a meeting with congresswomen and congressmen.

Luiza Carvalho, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, began her first official mission to Brazil to strengthen diplomatic relations and broaden the dialogue with Government, the private sector and civil society to promote UN Women’s mandate for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During her mission to Brazil, the Regional Director will visit the cities of Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Foz de Iguazu and Rio de Janeiro.

The mission began with a meeting with the Minister for the Promotion of Racial Equality, Nilma Gomes. This meeting focussed on discussing policies for women of African descent in the context of the 2015start of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. Following that meeting, she was received by the President of Social Service of the Industry of Brazil, Gilberto Carvalho, at the National Confederation of Industries.

Her schedule also included a meeting with the Minister of Policies for Women, Eleonora Menicucci, to address cooperation to end violence against women through the "Women Living Without Violence Program" and the House of the Brazilian Women, and well as programs related to economic empowerment, leadership and political participation.

During her visit, the Regional Director also took the opportunity to deliver a presentation on the UN Women flagship publication, "The Progress of the World’s Women" at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization before an audience of members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, parliamentarians, business executives, Brazilian civil society and media.

In the federal Capital, the Regional Director held meetings with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Social Development and Hunger Alleviation, with Minister Tereza Campello, and then with representatives of the Ministry of Justice and The Supreme Court to take actions on the N ° 13.104 / 2015 Law on criminalization of femicide.

Brazil is the first pilot country, chosen by UN Women in Latin America and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to adapt the Latin American model protocol for the investigation of gender-related killing of women.

In São Paulo, the Regional Director participated in the launch of the HeForShe Movement at the Tomie Otake Institute in partnership with GNT. Later she visited Foz do Iguacu, to celebrate the inclusion of the Binational Itaipu to HeForShe, bringing together the governments of Brazil and Paraguay, and the establishment of the National Steering Committee Brazil of HeForShe, composed of the federal government, business, society civil, media and public figures.