Gender mainstreaming has been a facet of the work of development organizations since the adoption of the Declaration and Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995). At the global level, this was reinforced two years later with the adoption of the ECOSOC Agreed Conclusions on Gender Mainstreaming
At the inter-American level, the principal mandate on gender mainstreaming is the Inter-American Program on Women's Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP), adopted in 2000, which commits OAS Member States to:
The IAP has since been reinforced by the agreements adopted at the Summits of the Americas, as well as numerous resolutions of the OAS General Assembly.
The CIM is the main body that provides technical support to gender mainstreaming policies, processes and activities, both within the OAS and with its Member States, thorugh specific awarness-rasising and capacity building activities.