UN Women and ECLAC to conduct regional consultation on the road to CSW65

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021

UN Women’s Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean will conduct on February 24-25, 2021, an intergovernmental Regional Consultation prior to the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), which will analyze as a priority theme "Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls".

This regional consultation will be held in coordination with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as a special session of the 60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (23-25 February 2021).

During the Consultation, the priority theme of CSW65 will be discussed, considering the progress, as well as structural and pending challenges towards the equal participation of women in public and political life in the region. For this purpose and considering the main international and regional instruments and political agreements on substantive equality and women's political rights, UN Women has prepared a base document that systematizes the main achievements, trends and challenges towards the consolidation of parity, inclusive and violence-free democracies for the diversity of women and their organizational spaces in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Recognizing that the region presents gaps, within and between countries, the document includes specific recommendations and will be presented within the framework of the official agenda of the regional consultation as an input for the debates between ministers and authorities on women’s issues, and civil society.

At the global level, the full and equal participation of women is recognized as essential to achieve gender equality and drive progress towards sustainable development. However, reviews of international commitments made in this area show that change has been gradual.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, as in other regions of the world, women continue to be marginalized from public life and decision-making. This trend is most clearly reflected in the low numerical presence of women in elected and appointed bodies, especially at the local level and from an intersectionality perspective, and in violence against women in politics, as documented in the report of the global expert group meeting last October 2020 and the Report of the Secretary General for the CSW65.

It is expected that, as the main outcome of the Regional Consultation prior to CSW65, countries from Latin America and the Caribbean will adopt a Joint Declaration that brings together common recommendations, strategies and agreements based on key priorities for the region. This document would be a contribution of Latin America and the Caribbean to the agreed conclusions presented by the Bureau of the Commission as a basis for the negotiation of the global document on the priority theme that would be the outcome of the 65th session of the CSW, which will take place virtually from March 15 to 26.

For the agenda of the Sixtieth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean and additional information on the meeting, please visit the following link.