UN Women Signs Letter of Intent to establish a Country Office in Argentina within the official visit of UN Secretary-General
Date: Monday, August 8, 2016
The Republic of Argentina and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) signed on August 8, 2016 a Letter of Intent to establish a UN Women Country Office in Argentina and expand their efforts to promote gender equality, economic empowerment, leadership, participation in the political sector, eradicate violence against women and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The subscription was made between the Chancellor of the Republic of Argentina, Susana Malcorra and UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, Luiza Carvalho, with the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon within his official visit to the South American nation.
Argentina has been a pioneer in vindicating women's rights, was the first country in Latin America and the world to establish legislations on shares for political participation of women, by enacting in 1991 the first law that established as a temporary measure, to ensure a minimum quota of 30% of women in the lists of political parties for legislative elections. The implementation of this standard has generated unquestioned progress in the country and has been a model for the entire region. With a background like this, and a movement of strong and consolidated women, Argentina is a country that can contribute greatly to the regional agenda for gender equality in the framework of localization, implementation, monitoring and measurement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The recent adoption and launch of the National Action Plan for the Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence against Women corroborates the country's commitment to equality between women and men and the empowerment of women, and stands as a fertile ground to strengthen the collaboration between UN Women and the Republic of Argentina.
"The subscription of this Letter, within the official visit of the Secretary-General, marks a first milestone in the strengthened partnership between UN Women and Argentina, and the shared goal of achieving full empowerment of all women and girls in Argentina, the region and the world ", says Luiza Carvalho, who stands positive to the Argentinian government will to improve the lives of women by attracting investment, productive innovation and attention to social sector with emphasis on infrastructure of caregiving labour, energy matrix and productive dynamics.
The compromise between UN Women and Argentina will be significant to achieve gender equality, ensuring greater access to laws and rights, and to overall obtain full participation of women in all spheres of society.