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. Read More...

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  • Exchange of Good Practices: Challenges in the Elimination of Violence against Women:
    This Regional Dialogue will be held on July 26 and 27, 2016, in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, as a follow up to former forums on good practices in gender, justice and violence, organized by the CIM in Buenos Aires (2013), Pachuca (2014) and Medellin (2015). The event is based on the importance of creating opportunities for cooperation, understanding and exchange of best practices and lessons learned with a view to achieving women’s right to live a life free from violence. Program | More info... 

  • The CIM invites to reflect on progress in the recognition of women's rights at the 46th OAS General Assembly
    The Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno, participated on behalf of the President of the CIM, Minister Marcela Huaita, at the 46th OAS General Assembly held on June 13-15 in Dominican Republic. The Executive Secretary delivered 3 reports on the work of the Commission and referred to the new Strategic Plan of the CIM for 2016-2021, which seeks to build on the progress made in the implementation of the previous Plan in order to maximize limited resources and focus on fundraising for specific activities. Remarks by the Executive Secretary

  • Women Foreign Ministers of the Americas Meeting: Prospects for women’s empowerment in the Americas
    Held on June 14th in Dominican Republic, in the framework of the 46th OAS General Assembly, the meeting sought to materialize the commitment to inclusion, empowerment and advancement of women as priority issues on the regional agenda. Specific actions were also identified so that each Minister, within their competence, and in a joint manner help advance strategic issues. Concept note. Remarks by Carmen Moreno.

  • Ministers of the region adopt the Lima Declaration to promote women's equality and economic autonomy
    After having discussed and reflected for two days, the Ministers of Women of OAS Member States who participated in the XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the CIM adopted the Lima Declaration, a document that urges countries to promote equality and women's economic empowerment. States are responsible to ensure equality and autonomy in the exercise of the economic rights of women, improve working conditions for women; give unpaid work visibility and value in the economy and adopt measures to consider care as a shared social responsibility of the state, the private sector, as well as men and women. Full text of the Lima Declaration. More info...

  • XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the CIM
    The XXXVII Assembly of Delegates will take place in Lima, Perú, from May 24th to 25th 2016, with the support of the Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Documents are available here.

  • Competition to Identify Promising Practices in Addressing HIV from a Gender, Human Rights and Diversity Perspective in Latin America and the Caribbean
    The identification and dissemination of practices and approaches that have shown positive changes in the promotion, protection and exercise of the rights of diverse women living with HIV is key to strengthening available evidence on the initiatives that work best, and to transferring and exchanging knowledge and learning. In this context, the CIM /OAS, UNAIDS, IPPF and DVCN are launching this competition to identify "Promising Practices in Addressing HIV from a Gender, Human Rights and Diversity Perspective in Latin America and the Caribbean". Announcement | Form

  • Call for Awards "ICT to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women"br /> [April 4th, 2016]
    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have proven to be tools that contribute to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to help prevent and eradicate violence against them. In this context, the CIM and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) offer this Award to recognize those initiatives and examples of leadership in the region of the Americas that use ICTs to contribute to the prevention and eradication of violence against women. More.. | Call for awards

  • Advances in condemning crimes of sexual and domestic slavery
    [March 31st, 2016]
    The CIM/MESECVI applauds the ruling of the Court of Increased Risk of Guatemala by which former military members responsible for crimes against humanity were condemned during the internal armed conflict, in the case known as "Sepur Zarco" as perpetrators of murder, enforced disappearance and sexual and domestic slavery. This is the first sentence in condemning crimes of sexual slavery in armed conflict in a country where the acts were committed. This constitutes a significant advance in the search for justice for women victims of sexual violence in armed conflict and the eradication of impunity

  • Gender, Peace and Security in the Americas
    The Principality of Liechtenstein, the CIM and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) are jointly organizing a policy roundtable discussion on March 17 at 9:00 am in the OAS Hall of the Americas. The discussion will focus on identifying concrete policy and programmatic entry points for building and strengthening a gender, peace and security agenda in the Americas. The session will also feature the launch of the Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit in Spanish, an initiative led by DCAF and UN Women. Agenda | To register, click here.

  • Zero Discrimination Day: Human rights of women living with HIV in the Americas
    [March 1, 2016]
    On Zero Discrimination Day, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS is pleased to launch a new report entitled "Human rights of women living with HIV in the Americas" developed by the CIM and UNAIDS, with the collaboration of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. The Report seeks to identify advances in and challenges to the protection and exercise of the human rights of all of the diverse women living with HIV, as well as to promote the development of regional and national strategies for the promotion, protection and realization of these rights.

  • New Gender-Based Violence Report on the Bahamas
    [February 24, 2016]
    As part of strengthening the national effort to find effective strategies to end gender-based violence (GBV) in the Bahamas, the Bahamas' National Task Force on Gender Violence prepared a study on GBV in the Bahamas, which it delivered to the government on February 15th, 2016. Two of the recommendations of the GBV Report include setting up a Department of Family and Gender Affairs – the Bahamas currently has a Women’s Bureau. The Report also recommends establishing a GBV Authority as a statutory body made up of members from the private and public sectors members to facilitate the implementation of the GBV Strategic Plan. More...

  • International Women's Day: Signing ceremony of the OAS Gender Policy
    On March 7 at 9:30 in the Hall of Heroes OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro will sign an Executive Order to implement the Institutional Policy on Gender Equality , Diversity and Human Rights of the OAS. The policy aims to move towards an organizational change that institutionalizes a gender equality and human rights vision into OAS policies, programs, projects and practices. The policy also seeks to transform OAS culture and organizational structure through the adoption of measures whose compliance will be monitored and evaluated in a continued and systematic way.

  • International Women's Day Event: Breaking Barriers to Justice: Ending Violence against Women in the Americas
    [February 8, 2016]
    The CIM and the Permanents Missions of the United States and Canada to the OAS are organizing an event in the framework of Women's International Day. The objective is to identify existing challenges to eliminate violence against women and improve access to justice from a diversity and human rights approach. Register online AGENDA

  • Virtual Course “A rights-based and gender equality approach to policies, programs and projects ” Seventh Edition
    [February 2, 2016]
    Offered by the CIM, with the support of the Educational Portal of the Americas, this virtual course will be offered from March 23 to May 25, 2016. The course, offered only in Spanish, aims to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions to integrate a rights-based and gender equality approach into policy design, implementation and monitoring. For more information, please click here

  • Round-table discussion: Women, Drug Policies and Encarceration
    [February 2, 2016]
    CIM and WOLA are organizing a discussion on women and drugs to be held on February 2, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the OAS Hall of the Americas. The objective is to present a guide on the adoption, review and application of policy reform for drug related crimes committed by women.
    Agenda in English
    Agenda in Spanish
    Register here.

  • Peru will host the XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the CIM
    [January 5, 2016]
    From 24th to 25th May 2016, the XXXVII Assembly of Delegates of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will be held in Lima, with the support of the Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Every three years, the Assembly of Delegates of the CIM brings together the Ministers and High Authorities from the 34 OAS Member States, charged with the promotion of women's rights and gender equality, in order to analyze and discuss issues of concern, set the CIM Work Program (2016-2018) and identify priorities for coordination between the CIM, the OAS and other agencies at national, regional and international levels.

  • December 10 Campaign: “More Rights for More Women”
    [December 10]
    The CIM is launching this campaign to promote and strengthen initiatives and actions in the region designed to contribute to women’s full exercise of their human rights. The #MoreRightsforMoreWomen Campaign is conducted through social media and focuses on the dissemination of content, images, videos and news stories concerning actions undertaken by different social actors intended to expand and strengthen the effective exercise of women’s rights in the political, economic and social spheres of the Americas. Join us!

  • Message of the Secretary General of the OAS on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25, 2015
    [November 24th]
    OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, called for action to establish a new paradigm in which men and women can live in conditions of equality and justice without violence. More...

  • Belém do Pará Portal
    [November 23rd ]
    In the framework of November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS, encourages you to visit the Belém do Pará Portal of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Belém do Pará Convention):, a digital platform that provides information on the progress and challenges to violence against women, including good practices and lessons learned to advance towards the full realization of women’s rights to a life free from violence.

  • OAS and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the Rule of Law in the Americas
    [November 20th]
    On November 19th, the OAS General Secretariat, through CIM, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the Rule of Law in the Americas. This MOU seeks to provide the region with a core group of highly trained professionals who share our commitment to the Rule of Law and to ensuring that human rights become a lived reality for the peoples of the Americas.

  • Judicial authorities from the region advance gender justice
    [November 5th]
    From November 4th to 7th, the II Hemispheric Seminar of Good Practices in Gender Justice is being held in Medellin, Colombia, organized by CIM/OAS, the National Commission of Gender of the Judicial Power of Colombia, UN Women and USAID. The Seminar aims to identify good practices in justice for the promotion and defense of women's rights with a view to contributing to the implementation of a gender approach in judicial practice. Press advisory. Follow the live stream at this link
  • The Right to Gender Transformative Communication 
    [October 30th]
    In the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the CIM is organizing a Dialogue "The Right to Gender Transformative Communication and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda" on November 2nd, 2015, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Hall of the Americas, OAS. The goal is to foster gender transformative communication, based on the exchange of good practices, with a view to driving changes in communications media attitude and behaviour. Agenda Spanish Agenda English  Bios panelists(Spanish) Bios panelists (English)
  • The CIM participates in Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) in México
    [October 7th, 2015]
    The CIM represented by its Executive Secretary, Carmen Moreno, will present the advances and challenges in women's political participation and in particular the importance of eliminating harassment/political violence against women. This forum will bring together more than 200 women parliamentarians from 70 countries around the world. More info...
  • The President of the CIM, Alejandra Mora Mora, addresses the OAS Permanent Council
    [September 30th, 2015]
    On September 29th, the Minister of the Status of Women of Costa Rica referred to the situation of women’s rights in the region and the recently approved sustainable development goals during a meeting of the Permanent Council. She highlighted the importance of taking concrete action for the advancement of gender equality and the elimination of inequalities. Mora Mora also recognized the work of the CIM in strategic issues such as women’s political participation, the elimination of harassment/political violence against women and the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights, in particular, the Declaration of the MESECVI Committee of Experts. 
  • Global Leaders Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: a Commitment to Action
    [September 29th, 2015]
    OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, participated in this meeting held on September 27th, in the framework of the 70th UN General Assembly. In his speech, Almagro recognized the advances made by the CIM in strengthening the legal framework for the protection of women's rights and gender equality. He pointed out that the Americas has some of the most restrictive laws on sexual and reproductive rights and that more efforts are needed to change this reality. He also indicated that lack of access to justice for women victims of human rights violations is the most significant challenge. Link to the speech in Spanish and English.
  • The CIM strengthens ties with the youth of the Colombian Caribbean
    [September 20th, 2015]
    The CIM participated in the 5th Model OAS General Assembly (MOAS) for students of the Colombian Caribbean that was held from September 16th to 18th in Barranquilla, Colombia. In this Model, the CIM provided support to the students in the discussion and reflection of thematic areas such as the protection and promotion of women's rights, with an emphasis on young women political participation, the gender pay gap, the role of media in promoting gender equality, gender-based violence prevention, among other issues affecting youth. MOAS newsletter (Spanish only) More info... 
  • Statement by the PAR Network for Non-sexist Communication
    [[September 18, 2015]
    The CIM promotes the creation of spaces in which male and female communicators encourage an inclusive and non-sexist journalism, like the PAR Network, Journalists of Argentina in Network for a Non-Sexist Communication, which seeks to promote an inclusive treatment in the news media. The Network also monitors the media to "Prevent and Visibilize Violence against Women and Diversity Groups through a proper journalistic treatment", as indicated in the Network Facebook page. We share the statement issued by the Network after their National Meeting held in September, 2015, in Córdoba, Argentina. 
  • Third Consultation with Women and Men Parliamentarians of the Americas
    [September 13th, 2015]
    From September 9th to 11th the XIV General Assembly of the Confederation of Parliaments of the Americas (COPA) and the XIII Annual Meeting of the Parliamentarian Women Network of the Americas were held in Guanajuato, Mexico. In the framework of the XIII Annual meeting, the CIM organized a Third Consultation with Parliamentarians of the Americas, which focused on political parity between women and men, political violence/harassment, and the conciliation of personal with parliamentarian life. Among the main recommendations, emphasis was placed on the promulgation of laws to prevent, punish and eradicate political violence and the need for reforms within parliaments so that women and men can exercise their right to maternity/paternity leave. Más info 
  • Good practices in the promotion of women's rights and gender equality
    [August 13th 2015]   
    The CIM/MESECVI is developing a virtual platform for cooperation, knowledge-sharing and exchange of good practices in the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention. The goal is to advance women’s right to live free from violence and gender equality. National governments, international organizations, civil society groups and other key actors are encouraged to engage in this initiative and share their good practices by filling out this form
  • 52nd Meeting of the board of the Regional Conference on Latin American and Caribbean Women
    [August 5th, 2015]
    The CIM participated in the meeting of the board of the Regional Conference on Latin American and Caribbean Women held on July 30th and 31st in the Dominican Republic. The event brought together government representatives to assess progress and challenges in integrating a gender perspective and gender mainstreaming into public policies in compliance with international and regional agreements on gender equality, including the equality and development agenda. Agenda.
  • July 30th, World Day against Trafficking in Persons
    [July 30th, 2015]
    In 2013, United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 which declares July 30th World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The aim is to raise awareness of the situation of human trafficking victims and to promote and protect their rights. Women are more vulnerable to this crime, as pointed out by the United Nations "The majority of victims of human trafficking that have been reported are women". More  info...
  • The CIM and IDEA International promote dialogue with the academia
    [July 30th, 2015]
    From July 22nd to 25th, the 8th Congress of the Association of Latin American Political Science (ALACIP) was held in Lima, Peru. In this context, the CIM, Idea International and other partners organized the panel: "Dialogue between academia and international organizations on women's political participation: Building synergies between theory and practice". The goal was to contribute to strengthening links between academia and officials from international organizations who work in areas related to women's political participation. 
  • The CIM promotes the debate on violence/political harassment
    [July 25th, 2015]
    In the context of the 8th Congress of the Congress of the Association of Latin American Political Science (ALACIP) and taking advantage of the presence of Political scientists from across the region, the CIM and IDEA International organized a conversation on Political Parties Strategies to address violence/political harassment against women. The goal is to facilitate dialogue among experts on effective strategies, including challenges in addressing violence and political harassment against women in political parties. 
  • Violence, Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights
    [June 9th, 2015]
    On June 19th 2015, the CIM and other partners will organize a debate on the relationship between violence against women and sexual and reproductive rights, with a view to promoting the guarantee and protection of women's rights and sparking an ongoing dialogue on this issue.
    Download the agenda in: English or Spanish
  • The CIM contributes to the incorporation of a gender-based approach to drug policies in the Americas
    [May 29th 2015]
    The CIM, WOLA, IDPC and DeJusticia, in collaboration with other organizations and with the support of the Open Society Foundation have been working on a joint project and have just launched a new Webpage with research on the subject and photo essays that show the human and social costs of current drug policy in the Americas.
    More info...
  • International Day of Action for Women’s Health
    [May 28th 2015]
    The CIM, through the Follow Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), joins this commemoration and highlights that the denial of important human rights related to health, reproductive life, among other rights, constitutes a type of gender violence.
    More info...
  • Fifth Regular Session of the CIM Executive Committee
    [May 6th 2015]
    On May 7th and 8th, the Fifth Session of the Executive Committee of the CIM took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.
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  • Gender-related dimensions of refugees
    [April 22nd 2015]
    The OAS held the 59 Lecture of the Americas in which Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was the keynote speaker. CIM Executive Secretary Carmen Moreno addressed the topic from a gender and rights-based approach and brief the audience on the work on the CIM in the promotion of the rights of women's refugees.
    More info...
  • CIM presents its annual reports to the OAS General Committee
    [April 16th 2015]
    The Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno, presented to the Permanent Council the annual reports that will be submitted to the 45th OAS General Assembly:
    CIM Annual Report 
    PIA Annual Report 
    MESECVI Annual Report
  • Women's economic rights, care and co-responsibility
    [April 1st 2015]
    In the context of the VII Summit of the Americas, whose theme is "Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas," the CIM and UN Women organize a side-event on April 9th at 10:30am in Panama City. The aim of the event is to assess the progress and pending challenges to accelerating the full exercise of women's economic rights in the region, with a focus on co-responsibility and the redistribution of care.
    Download the agenda of the event in English or Spanish
    Download the concept note for the event in English or Spanish
  • CIM Executive Secretary receives "Elvia Carrillo Puerto" award
    [March 10th 2015]
    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.  

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