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Saturday, May 19, 2018
The European Union and the United Nations are embarking on a new multi-year programme, called the ‘Spotlight Initiative,’ which is focused on eliminating violence against women and girls and harmful practices. The Latin American regional programme will focus on eliminating femicide.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The following document presented by representatives of international organizations, public institutions of the justice sector and mechanisms for the advancement of women, civil society and the Academy of Latin America and Europe have debated for two days: the problem, the prevention, sanction and visibility from international and multilateral spaces on the gender dimension in the fight against corruption in Latin America.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. As part of a UN Women project, she has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more. The future holds many possibilities for this talented artist and coffee grower, but whichever path she chooses, she feels she belongs with her community, in the mountains of Colombia, watching the coffee grow.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Thelma Aldana is the Public Prosecutor and Head of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, who will complete her term in May 2018. She is known as a champion of women’s rights, UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and the force behind the creation of specialized courts for femicide and violence against women cases in 2010. Today, there are 12 of these specialized courts in Guatemala. UN Women has supported the Public Ministry in adopting and implementing the Women and Men´s Equality...
Friday, April 27, 2018
Sandra Moran is Guatemala’s first openly lesbian member of the Congress. She organized the country’s first lesbian group in 1995, and was elected in 2015. She is well-known for her vocal support for women’s rights, indigenous women’s rights and LGBT rights in Guatemala.
Friday, March 23, 2018
The UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights concluded today in New York with the strong commitment by UN Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) reached a robust agreement highlighting the urgency of empowering and supporting those who need it most and have, for too long, been left behind.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Gloria Zapattini. Photo: UN Women Gloria Zapattini never gets tired of speaking out to end violence against women. A survivor of violence herself and member of a women’s group in Paraguay, “Yo te creo” (I believe you), she participated in the consultations for drafting the new national law that protects women from all forms of violence (Act 5777). With this new law, Paraguay becomes the 18th country in Latin America and the Caribbean region to criminalize...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Around the world, gender bias is attracting renewed attention. Through protest marches and viral social-media campaigns, women everywhere are demanding an end to sexual harassment, abuse, femicide, and inequality. But, as successful as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have been in raising public awareness, the struggle for parity is far from over. Empowering women and girls is key to achieving all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. At the moment, however, gender bias remains a significant obstacle to global progress; this prejudice is particularly acute in the workplace.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
UN Women today launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Friday, February 9, 2018
The Declaration of Santo Domingo, which reflects the position of Latin America and the Caribbean ahead of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), was adopted Wednesday (7 February) by Women's Ministers and top gender authorities from 29 countries in the region. The priority theme of the Declaration is aligned with that of the next session of CSW, "Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls," which will be held in New York City on March 12 to 23, 2018.
Friday, February 9, 2018
UN Women Brazil launched a campaign to raise awareness against sexual violence during Carnival, taking into account the high number of cases that arise during the festivities.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Photo: UN Women Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.- Las Consultas regionales para América Latina y el Caribe hacia el 62º Periodo de Sesiones de la Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer (CSW62) de Naciones Unidas abrieron hoy (martes 6) en Santo Domingo. El tema prioritario de las consultas, alineado con la próxima sesión de la CSW, es: ”Desafíos y oportunidades en el logro de la igualdad entre los...
Monday, February 5, 2018
Challenges and opportunities in the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls will be the priority theme that brings together the highest regional gender authorities from tomorrow (6th of February) in the capital of the Dominican Republic, on the occasion of the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean prior to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Third Forum will be an important opportunity to identify, share and promote ideas, experiences and innovative initiatives on gender equality and the private sector. For this reason, we ask panelists to structure their interventions in such a way that it stimulates dialogue, shares critical experiences and generates broader reflections. Given the number of panelists, it is extremely important that panelists adhere to the time allocated to ensure sufficient space for dialogue and engagement with the audience.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) was launched in Latin America and the Caribbean, to mobilize multiple actors in different countries to reduce the wage gap between women and men, which is around 15 percent in this region according to data released at the presentation in the capital of Panama.
Friday, January 26, 2018
The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
Monday, January 22, 2018
January 22, 2018.- Four prominent representatives of the women's movement were selected as new members of UN Women's Civil Society Advisory Group in Latin America and the Caribbean. After an intensive selection process which reviewed nearly 200 received nominations, the following candidates were selected: Waldistrudis Hurtado (Colombia), Quiteria Franco (Venezuela), Marilyn Ramón Medellín (Mexico) and Gia Gaspard Taylor (Trinidad and Tobago).
Monday, January 8, 2018
Charo Mina-Rojas has worked for many years to educate grassroots Afro-descendant communities of Colombia on Law 70 of 1993, which recognizes their cultural, territorial and political rights. Following the historic peace agreement which ended the more than 50-year conflict between the Government of Colombia and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Mina-Rojas advocates for justice and equality for Colombia’s afro-descendent women.
Monday, November 27, 2017
In Mexico, at least seven women were victims of gender-related killings every day in 2016. The killings continue, although there are comprehensive laws in the books, because of prevailing impunity and the lack of effective implementation. It took Irinea Buendía six years to get justice for her daughter’s murder, but her pursuit of justice led to a historic precedent in prosecuting femicide in Mexico. UN Women is supporting government institutions and civil society organizations, so that together they can raise awareness and end impunity towards crimes against women and girls.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
UNITE campaign’s theme “Leave No One Behind” emphasizes the urgency of reaching the most marginalized first, as the 16 Days of Activism begins worldwide