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Latin america and the caribbean is one of the regions with the most gender-sensitive measures in its response to the covid-19 crisis

Friday, November 20, 2020

According to data published by The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, Latin America and the Caribbean registers 261 gender-sensitive measures out of a total of 574 government actions, which are being implemented in 33 countries and territories out of the 43 analyzed for the region.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Bolivia

Monday, November 16, 2020

Yobanca Fernandez Flores has been a women’s rights activist for more than 35 years. She is also the National President of the Community Promoters for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in Bolivia. Together with hundreds of women leaders in the country, the Community Promoters have formed a network of advocates who provide direct support to victims and survivors of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic’s impact due to COVID-19 on violence against women

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Confinement measures and social distancing, as well as mobility restrictions are generating increased risks of violence against women and girls, intensifying their isolation and generating additional barriers in access to essential services.   

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 2, 2020

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the great challenges we have as societies, making gender inequalities more evident: women are the most affected by the increase in unemployment, poverty and the overload of unpaid care.

From where I stand: “Forgiveness is still very far from our reality”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a Guatemalan human rights activist, has never given up looking for truth and justice, since her father and husband were disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war. After her father and husband were kidnapped and murdered by government forces during the Guatemalan civil war, she founded the National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA). It is now a leading national human rights organisation. In 1995, she was elected as a Congressional deputy, and in 2004 she chaired the National Reparations Commission to investigate crimes committed during the civil war, which raged for over three decades.

Op-ed: Where is the economic stimulus for women?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia calls for governments and international institutions to take decisive action in favor of women, before progress achieved in the last decades is lost.

Indigenous women of the Argentine Chaco receive help from FEIM, CHIRAPAQ and UN Women during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Chaco was one of the first provinces in Argentina to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly regarding the health of indigenous peoples, due to the unequal social and economic situation that existed prior to the pandemic.

Women in Guatemala receive advice to innovate and strengthen their income

Monday, September 28, 2020

With support from UN Women, CUNORI developed MipymeLocal.com1, a platform that allows MSMEs, especially those led by women, to have a virtual means for the dissemination of their products and services, as well as to operate as an online store facilitating the continuity and sustainability of business during the emergency.

Media advisory: Historic gathering to call for political commitment at the highest levels for the achievement of gender equality

Friday, September 25, 2020

As the Beijing Platform for Action turns 25, high-level meeting to accelerate implementation efforts for advancing women’s rights

UN Women Statement for International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

UN Women stands with all the women, including young women, around the world upholding peace: from the mothers holding vigil for the disappeared, to the women marching against police brutality; from the women in refugee camps navigating a complex gender landscape, to those negotiating ceasefires all over the world.

UN Women reiterates its commitment to guarantee women access to justice during the AIAMP meeting

Friday, September 18, 2020

Cecilia Alemany, Deputy Director of the Regional Office of UN Women for the Americas, highlighted the difficulties that women face during the pandemic in accessing justice and reaffirmed the commitment of UN Women to strengthen regional capacities in this area, during a meeting of the Specialized Network on Gender (REG) of the Ibero-American Association of Public Ministries (AIAMP), on September 17th.

Why is women’s leadership not in the headlines?

Monday, September 14, 2020

This year, International Day of Democracy comes as a reminder that unlocking the full breadth of perspectives, experiences and leadership of women is vital for building back better from this pandemic.

A look back: Twenty-five years ago, they were at the Fourth World Conference on Women

Monday, September 14, 2020

We are looking back and going forward this month, celebrating the power of the women’s movement, and calling for nothing less than bold, decisive actions to secure women’s rights as human rights, once and for all. These are some voices of activists who were at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, and those who were shaped by it for a lifetime.

UN Women held a Webinar on how to incorporate Gender Keys into Venezuela's Regional Plan of Response to Refugees and Migrants 2021

Friday, August 21, 2020

On 13 August, UN Women held a webinar on the key gender issues to be taken into account during the planning of the  Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan   (RMRP) 2021 of the  Regional Interagency Coordination Platform  for the response to the mixed flows of people from Venezuela (R4V). 

UN Women Office for the Americas and the Caribbean announces the new composition of its Regional Civil Society Advisory Group 2020-2022

Friday, August 21, 2020

UN Women Regional Office announces the new composition of its Regional Advisory Group of Civil Society, after a process of renewal and selection that featured 120 nominations of women leaders, activists, and academics of feminist and women's organizations in the region.

ECLAC and UN Women launch joint paper on "Care in Latin America and the Caribbean at the time of COVID-19. Towards Comprehensive Systems to Strengthen Response and Recovery"

Friday, August 21, 2020

On August 19, the Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women and the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) launched online the publication of the Policy Brief Care in Latin America and the Caribbean during the COVID-19. Towards Comprehensive Systems to Strengthen Response and Recovery with the participation Ministers of Women from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the words of Ana Sáenz: "I decided to honor the trust that women students had placed in us and do something to change things."

Friday, August 21, 2020

Ana Saenz leads the response to sexual harassment in the Guatemalan student community. The "Oliverio Castañeda de León" University Students Association (AEU) is the most important student organization in Guatemala and, in its more than one hundred years of history, has given a voice to the student community inside and outside the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. In 2018, I joined the AEU as its first Gender Secretary, a new role in responding to the specific demands and needs of women students.

“We have been transforming lives. We have been agents of change.”

Monday, August 17, 2020

Around the world, women play critical roles as first responders and leaders when humanitarian crisis occurs. They change and save lives in the hardest to reach places. Yet, their work is consistently under-funded and often unrecognized. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities, the need to support women and women’s organizations in humanitarian action has become urgent. Through participatory videos, women in Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan and Uganda share their perspectives.

From where I stand: “Together, we are building peace and equal rights in our territories”

Monday, August 17, 2020

Johana, a trans woman, is the founder of the Johana Maturana Foundation, an organization that promotes LGBTI people’s rights in the Chocó Department of Colombia. She stresses the need for financial resources to reach local communities and that communities must shape humanitarian action.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World Humanitarian Day 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

In a statement for World Humanitarian Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joins the global community in advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers and for the survival, well-being and dignity of women, men, girls and boys affected by crises.

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