Inter-American Commission of Women
Established in 1928, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) is the only hemisperic policy forum on women's rights and gender equality in the Americas.
- CIM Executive Secretary receives "Elvia Carrillo Puerto" award
Carmen Moreno, Executive Secretary of the CIM, received the “Elvia Carrillo
Puerto” award on March 10th, 2015, in a special session of the Senate of Mexico
in recognition for her outstanding work in the defense and exercise of women’s
rights and gender equality.
- Message from OAS Secretary General on International Women's Day
In his message on International Women’s Day, OAS Secretary General José Miguel
Insulza highlighted the Integrated System of Indicators of Women’s Human Rights
established by the CIM designed to support Member States in harmonizing their
legislation with binding women’s rights agreements.
- The CIM celebrates the Day of the Women of the Americas and the
anniversary of its creation in 1928
Today, February 18th, the Day of the Women of the Americas, marks an
important milestone in the calendar of the countries of the Americas. Eighty
seven years ago the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) was founded. The
Commission has grown as the main forum for the promotion of women’s human
- International Women's Day: Round-table discussion on political
In the framework of International Women's Day, the CIM and the MESECVI are
organizing a round-table discussion entitled "Political violence against
women: A hemispheric challenge" on February 25th, at 2:00 pm in the OAS Hall of
the Americas. This event seeks to strengthen the response to political violence
against women and to promote women's political rights. Agenda
- Swedish foreign policy
The CIM participated in the event "Global Security and Gender: Lessons learned
from the Swedish foreign policy" with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden,
Margot Wallström. In her speech, the Minister reaffirmed her government's
commitment to women's rights, one of the cornerstones of Swedish foreign policy.
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- Progress towards parity democracy
The CIM participated in the "Meeting of Women Parliamentarians: Paritary
Democracy "organized by UN Women, with the National Women's Forum of Political
Parties (FONAMUPP), in collaboration with the Latin American Parliament, on
December 4th and 5th, in Panama. The objective was to move towards parity
democracy and substantive equality in Latin America and to transform gender
relations in all spheres.
- First Regional Policy Dialogue of the Gender Equality Network
The CIM participated from December 4th to 5th in the First Regional Policy
Dialogue of the Gender Equality Network: "Violence against women: Moving towards
evidence-based solutions." The event was held at the Inter-American Development
Bank in Washington, DC. The objective was to exchange promising approaches for
preventing violence against women (VAW) and providing quality services for
victims; discuss how to improve data collection and explore the potential of
partnerships for innovation in VAW initiatives in Latin America and the
- International Day of Human Rights
In commemoration of the International Day of Human Rights and as part of the
commemoration of World AIDS Day, the CIM and UNAIDS launched the "Manual
for Strengthening the Exercise of the Human Rights of Women Living with HIV in
Latin America"(Spanish only)
in the framework of the Cooperation Agreement signed between the OAS and UNAIDS
on January 9th, 2014
- Round-table discussion: Violence against women and sexual
and reproductive rights in the Americas: Progress and persistent challenges
This event took place on December 2nd, 2014 in the framework of the 16
days of activism against gender-based violence, organized jointly by the CIM,
the Permanent Observer Mission of France to the OAS and the Pan American Health
Organization with the aim of exploring the current status of sexual and
reproductive rights in the American and identifying priorities and strategies
for strengthening legislation, norms and public policies on this issue in the
context of violence against women.
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the President of the CIM, Alejandra Mora Mora,calls on States to establish commitments and concrete measures to advance violence prevention.
For more information, download
the message of the President
- IASPN/CIM join efforts to address gender inequalities in social
The Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) and the CIM developed a
Participatory Gender Audit (PGA) methodology that was implemented between April
and September 2014 in Uruguay, Guatemala and Paraguay. The goal is to
incorporate a gender equality and women's rights-based approach into the design
and implementation of public policies, including development and social
protection programs. The methodology is based on a series of gender audits
carried out by the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) of the
OAS and the International Labour Organization with the support of the Ministries
of Labor from the region.
- The implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention is analyzed in
Organized by the Supreme Court of Mexico and the CIM, the “Belém do Pará +
20”commemorative event took place from November 6th to 7th with a view to
exploring the progress made in the implementation of the Convention and the
remaining challenges in the field of justice administration. The discussion
focused on topics such as violence in politics and judicial strategies for
eradicating violence, lack of access to justice in cases of violence against
women, and good practices in eradicating gender stereotypes and incorporating a
human rights approach into judicial conduct when addressing cases of violence.
- Contest: Delete Virtual Violence
[November 15th 2014]
In preparation for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the CIM invites students aged 18 to 25 to participate in the "Delete virtual Violence" competition by developing their own audiovisual or graphic campaigns. The CIM will select the best entries, which will be awarded a prize!
For more information, download the:
Competition flyer and the
- Roundtable on Gender-based Violence and Reparations: A hemispheric
The meeting, organized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(IACHR) and the CIM on October 27th at the OAS headquarters, in which numerous
civil society organizations from the region participated, reflected the
commitment of the Commission and the CIM to maintain an ongoing dialogue with
these organizations for the advancement of women's rights and the full
implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention. The discussion focused on the
hemispheric progress related to reparations for victims of domestic violence -
at the national, Inter American and international levels (the Commission and the
Court). The keynote address was given by Rashida Manjoo, UN Rapporteur on
Violence against Women, Causes and Consequences. Watch the video of the event on
Commission's YouTube page.
- CIM and CITEL offer a virtual session on women's contribution to
The Information Technology and Telecommunications (ICTs) can boost economic,
political and social empowerment of women, as well as help strengthen gender
equality in the region. This virtual session offered on October 13th is part
of the efforts of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) and
the CIM in promoting the inclusion of women and girls in ICTs, including
monitoring efforts to promote women and girls’ empowerment in this sector with
a view to overcome gender inequalities that restrict women’s full and equal
participation in the information society.
- The CIM shares its views on women and politics during the V Latin
American Democracy Forum
The CIM was present at the V Latin American Democracy Forum: “Democratic
governance: citizenship, economics and politics”, which was held from October
8th to 10th, 2014 at the premises of the College of Mexico. Organized by the
National Electoral Institute, the College of Mexico, and the Federal Electoral
Tribunal, in collaboration with the OAS, International IDEA and the Economic and
Cultural Fund, the forum aimed to exchange experiences and knowledge on the
state of democracy in the current Latin American context. It included a panel
entitled: Women and Politics: Toward a second generation of affirmative action.
The Minister for the Status of Women of Costa Rica and President of the CIM,
Alejandra Mora and the Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno,
participated as speakers in this panel.
- Workshop on Indicators of the Exercise of Women's Rights
The CIM held a workshop from October 7th to 11th in Santo Domingo entitled
"Integrated System of Indicators for the Exercise of Women’s Rights" with a view
to getting feedback and validation of the system. This workshop was held in the
framework of the regional project “Women’s rights and gender equality
instruments for the formulation of public policy in the Americas", which seeks
to harmonize public policy with binding instruments on women’s rights and gender
- Virtual course: Gender and rights-based approach to policies, programs and projects
[August 11th 2014]
From october 3rd to December 5th 2014, CIM and the Educational Portal of the Americas will offer the 5th edition of this online course in Spanish, with a view to strengthening the capacity of public officials and other professionals to integrate a gender and rights perspective into the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of policies, projects and programs in different sectors. The application deadline is
September 19th 2014.
To apply or for more information, visit the
Educational Portal of the Americas
- CIM President addresses the GA
[June 5th 2014]
On June 5th 2014, the President of the CIM, Alejandra Mora (Costa Rica) addressed the 44th General Assembly of the OAS, which took place in Asunción, Paraguay. in her remarks, she emphasized the achievements of the CIM in 2013 and called on delegations to the Assembly to prioritize women's rights and gender equality in their discussions.
Download the full text of her speech in
More information on the results of the 44th General Assembly of the OAS
- International Women's Day 2014
[March 11th 2014]
In collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Canada and the Bahamas to the OAS, the CIM will host a screening of the film "Womanish Ways," which looks at the history and progress of the women's suffrage movement in the Bahamas, followed by a conversation with the Director, Marion Bethel.
Download the invitation
- CIM Annual Reports 2013
[March 10th 2014]
In preparation for the 44th General Assembly of the OAS, the CIM publishes its Annual Report, along with reports on the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention and the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women's Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP).