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[Work Plan]

Inter-American Comission of Women (CIM)

1. Activities Assigned

The Program assigns the following five specific activities to the Inter-American Commission of Women:

Conduct research on female migration and its impact on family structure, the labor market, and migration control, inter alia.

Develop policies and programs designed to protect migrant women and their families, in particular women heads of household, and to combat violence against women.

Promote the implementation of resolutions of the CIM and of the OAS General Assembly on trafficking in persons.

Recommend ratification by the states of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its optional Protocols, and of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

Promote mechanisms for the safe return and reintegration of trafficking victims and special procedures to protect juvenile victims of trafficking.

2. Activities Carried Out

The first activity assigned by the Program to the CIM is to conduct research into female migration and its impact on family structure, the labor market, and migration control, inter alia. Given the lack of human and financial resources to conduct its own research, the CIM complied with the request by carrying out a search of existing studies and of research done by other bodies.

It identified research papers and recent international forums on the gender dimension in migration, conducted by agencies such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Since this documentation may contribute to implementation of the gender equality-related objectives of the Inter-American Program on migrants, copies, and source details, were delivered to the Chair of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs at the Special Meeting on the Program, held at OAS headquarters on March 16, 2006.

Another assigned task has to do with migration and trafficking in persons, a topic that the CIM has touched on through its work on trafficking in persons and gender-related violence. Following the restructuring of the General Secretariat, however, the Coordinator for combating trafficking in persons, who had been attached to the CIM from the very beginning, was transferred to the Trafficking in Person Section of the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. This means that, in order to comply with the assigned activities in this field, the Trafficking in Persons Section and the CIM need to coordinate actions based on the mandates already received from the OAS General Assembly and the Assembly of Delegates of the CIM.

3. Activities Being Planned

The Work Program adopted by the Assembly of Delegates of the CIM for 2006-2008, reiterated the mandate to the CIM that, inter alia, it develop policies and programs for protecting migrant women and their families, especially women heads of household, and to combat violence against women. In addition, the Permanent Secretariat will continue, or initiate, as the case may be, compliance with the other tasks assigned to it in the Program on migrants and, in consultation with the Principal Delegates, will continue to lend technical assistance on the subject of gender to the competent organs in the OAS responsible for migration issues. The CIM also hopes to provide Principal Delegates with information on the human rights of both female and male migrants in order to facilitate their cooperation the authorities responsible for implementing programs and plans of action in this field in their countries.

4. Calendar

The Assembly of Delegates of the CIM, in November 2006, adopted the mandates and elected new CIM officers for the next two-year term. As soon as the Executive Committee holds its first regular meeting, it will draw up the calendar of activities to be disseminated to all OAS bodies.

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