CIM Member States

The Inter-American Commission of Women brings together representatives from all of the OAS members states.  The representative is known as the Principal Delegate and is usually the highest-level authority responsible for gender equality and women's rights issues.

CIM Executive Committee 2016-2019:

  • President

Ana María Romero-Lozada Lauezzari (Perú)
  • Vice-Presidents
Alejandra Mora Mora (Costa Rica)
Lorena Cruz Sánchez (Mexico)
Ana María Baiardi (Paraguay)
  • Members

Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama

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Antigua & Barbuda



SAMANTHA MARSHALL

Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development

 

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Antigua and Barbuda 

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Argentina

Argentina

FABIANA TUñEZ

Member of the CIM Executive Committee 2016-2019

President of the National Council of Women 

Founder of " La Casa del Encuentro", Mrs. Tuñez is an activist of women's rights since 1994. She served as Vice President of the Parliament of Women of Buenos Aires Legislature in 2012, and is a member of the Marisel Adriana Zambrano Observatory of Femicide in Argentina.


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Argentina 

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The Bahamas (Commonwealth of)

Melanie Griffin

MELANIE GRIFFIN

Minister of Social Services

Mrs. Griffin currently serves as the Member of Parliament for the Yamacraw Constituency. She was elected in 2002 and 2007. Prior to that, she was appointed a Senator in 1999. She also served as a member of the Party’s Candidates Committee and as a Vice-Chairman with responsibility for Women’s Affairs. Mrs. Griffin started her political career very early as a member of the first PLP youth organization which was the forerunner to the Progressive Young Liberals.

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The Bahamas  

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Barbados

IRENE

IRENE SANDIFORD-GARNER 

Parliamentary Secretary, The Ministry of Health

Irene Sandiford Garner was appointed to the Senate in February 2008 as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Community Development. She was subsequently assigned to the Prime Minister’s Office and became the country’s Principal Delegate to CIM (Inter American Commission of Women) in August 2008. She is currently Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health. A graduate of the University of the West Indies with an MBA in business administration, she also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Business Management and studied journalism at the Virginia Commonwealth University at Richmond. She has worked for many years with the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd., initiating their launch into the United States in 1996

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Barbados  

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Belize

Esther Ayuso Ramirez

ESTHER AYUSO RAMIREZ

Member of the CIM Executive Committee 2016-2019

Chairperson of the National Women's Commission

Esther Ayuso Ramírez currently serves as Chairperson of the National Women’s Commission of Belize.

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Belize   

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Bolivia

 

ANA MARIA NUñEZ LAZCANO

Member of the CIM Executive Committee 2016-2019

Directora General de Prevención y Eliminación de toda forma de Violencia en Razón de Genero y Generacional, Viceministerio de Igualdad de Oportunidades de Bolivia

 

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Bolivia    

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Brazil

Eleonora Menicucci

ELEONORA MENICUCCI DE OLIVEIRA

Minister of the Secretariat for Policies on Women

A Professor of Collective Health in the Department of Preventive Medecine at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Ms. Menicucci currently serves as the Pro Rector of Extension at Unifesp. A graduate in Social Sciences of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1974), she holds a Master's degree in sociology from the Federal University of Paraíba (1983), a doctorate in political science from the University of São Paulo (1990), and a post-doctorate in in Women's Health and Work from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universitá Degli Studi Di Milano (1994/1995).

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Brazil    

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Canada

Patricia A. Hajdu

Minister of the Status of Women Canada 

Patty Hajdu is known for her work on substance use issues, harm reduction, housing, and public health. She served as the Executive Director at Shelter House, is the author of and was a key member of the Implementation Panel for the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy. In addition, she was on the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Patty served as Chairperson for the Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay. Patty holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

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Canada   

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Chile

cHILE

CLAUDIA PASCUAL GRAU

Minister of the Servicio Nacional de la Mujer (SERNAM)

Claudia Pascual Grau is a graduate in anthropology from the University of Chile. She has served as Executive Secretary of the Alejandro Lipschutz Institute of Sciences (ICAL), Head of the Drugs and Alcohol Prevention Program at the Directorate of Student Well-being at the University of Chile. She has also worked as a project evaluator with development cooperation agencies and NGOs, and a professor in various higher education institutes. She served as Councillor of the municipality of Santiago from 2008 to February 2014. She was a candidate for congressional deputy of the Communist Party in 2001 and 2005, and is a member of the Political Committee of the Communist Party, National Head of Women of the Party from 2006 and member of the Programmatic Commission for Women, Labour, City and Territory of the government of Michelle Bachelet.

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Chile      

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Colombia

MARTA ORDOñEZ VERA

Member of the CIM Executive Committee 2016-2019

Alta Consejera Presidencial para la Equidad de la Mujer

 

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Colombia      

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

ALEJANDRA MORA MORA

Vice-President of the CIM 2016-2019

Minister for the Status of Women and Executive President of the National Institute of Women of Costa Rica (INAMU)

A graduate in law from the University of Costa Rica, Ms. Mora also holds a master's degree in constitutional law from the Distance University of Costa Rica and post-graduate studies in women's human rights. In her professional career, she has held such posts as Director of the Office for the Defense of women of the Office for the Defense of Citizens of Costa Rica (1993 to April 2014) and Regional Coordinator of the Network of Women of the Iberoamerican Ferederation of Ombudspersons, and is a member of the Advisory Council on the Status of Justice.

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Costa Rica       

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Dominica (Commonwealth of)

Sylvanie Burton

Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs

 

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Dominica        

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Dominican Republic

Appointment pending

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Dominican Republic        

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Ecuador

 

Appointment pending

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Ecuador         

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El Salvador

Yanira Argueta

YANIRA ARGUETA MARTINEZ

Director of the Salvadoran Institute for Women's Development (ISDEMU)

A therapist, feminist and social activist for the last 22 years, Ms. Argueta has participated in numerous social movements fighting for an end to armed conflict and has promoted women's organizations in El Salvador. Founder and Executive Director of the Association for the Self-Determination of Salvadoran Women (AMS), where she designed and promoted strategies for women's political and citizen participation, local development planning from a gender perspective and an integrated response to violence against women, including trafficking. She has also participated actively in health care reform processes at the national and international levels.

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El Salvador         

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Grenada

DELMA THOMAS

Minister for Social Development, Housing and Community Development

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Grenada

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Guatemala

Appointment pending

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Guatemala          

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Guyana

Appointment pending

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Guyana           

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Haiti

Marie Denise Claude

Ministre a la Condition Feminine et aux Droits des Femmes

 

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Haiti           

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Honduras

ANA AMINTA MADRID PAZ

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Honduras           

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Jamaica

ALISON MCLEAN

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry responsible for Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports 

 

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Jamaica            

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Mexico

Mexico

LORENA CRUZ SANCHEZ

Vice-President of the CIM 2016-2019

President of the National Institute of Women of Mexico (INMUJERES)

A graduate in business administration from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Lorena Cruz has completed diplomas in gender-sensitive public policy, international trade and relations and high management. Before assuming the presidency of INMUJERES, she served as Executive Spokesperon for the State Council on Women and Social Welfare of the Government of the State of Mexico, where she supported publications, research, reforms to the legal framework, and actions for equality between women and men, prevention, care, punishment and eradication of violence against women, public policy from a gender perspective and women's human rights.

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Mexico              

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Nicaragua

Appointment pending

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Nicaragua               

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Panama

LIRIOLA LEOTEAU

Member of the CIM Executive Committee 2016-2019

Directora General, Instituto Nacional de la Mujer

Liriola Leoteau currently serves as the Director General of the National Institute of Women of Panama.

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Panama                

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Paraguay

Paraguay"

ANA MARÍA BAIARDI

Vice-President of the CIM 2016-2019

Ministra de la Mujer

Estudió Análisis de Sistemas en la Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción; posteriormente se especializó en Ciencias Sociales en la Universidad de Long Island de Nueva York y obtuvo una maestría en Integración Internacional en la Universidad de Perugia, Italia. Durante la primera década del siglo 21 fue embajadora en Italia, Israel, Grecia y Eslovenia. El 15 de agosto de 2013 asumió como Ministra de la Mujer del Paraguay en el gabinete del presidente Horacio Cartes.

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Paraguay                 

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Peru

ANA MARIA ROMERO-LOZADA LAUEZZARI

President of the CIM 2016-2019

Minister, Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations

Ha sido Ministra de la Mujer y Desarrollo Social del Perú en dos periodos, del 21 de julio de 2002 al 28 de julio de 2003 y del 19 de diciembre de 2003 al 18 de julio de 2006. Ha desempeñado el cargo de Directora Ejecutiva en el Centro Global para la Democracia durante 10 años, asociación sin fines de lucro donde ha conducido diversos proyectos. Dirigió el Programa Andino de Becas para la Paz (1988-1992) y el Programa de Desarrollo de Gobiernos Locales de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional - USAID (1996-2000). Fue directora de Estudios de Extensión Académica en la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) en 1995. Asimismo, ha desarrollado consultorías para la Agencia Japonesa de Cooperación Internacional (JICA), el Banco Mundial y el Ministerio de Educación en la elaboración del Anteproyecto "Mejoramiento de la Calidad de la Educación Primaria - Componente de Capacitación Docente”, entre otros. Realizó estudios de Ciencias Sociales en la Universidad Católica del Perú, Teología y Filosofía en la Universidad Católica de Chile, además de Administración y Organización en ESAN.

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Peru                  

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Saint Kitts & Nevis

INGRID

MARCELLA LIBURD

Minister of Health, Social Services, Community, Development, Culture, and Gender Affairs

Marcella Liburd currently serves as the Minister of Health, Social Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Prior to that, she has worked as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, a Senator in the National Assembly, and Assistant Secretary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis          

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Saint Lucia

Alvina Reynolds

ALVINA REYNOLDS

Minister of of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations

A qualified social worker who has been a pillar in her church and community. Alvina Reynolds continues to inspire the youth and provide leadership through the various initiatives she has founded. A strong willed woman with the character and personality to lead is ready to work towards the social development of her country.

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Saint Lucia                     

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Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Frederick Stephenson

ALPHAEUS REDERICK STEPHENSON

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Mobilization, Social Development, Youth and Sports

Frederick Stephenson began his career in the Magistrate Court where he served for a period of twelve (12) years before moving to the ministry of Health where he worked as a Senior Accounts Clerk. He also served as a Customs Officer at the Customs and Excise Department and in the office of the Prime Minister before being elected on December13, 2010, to represent in Parliament, the constituency of South Windward.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines                    

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Suriname

 

CHITRAWATIE MOHANLAL

National Bureau of Gender Policy of the Ministry of Home Affairs

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Suriname                     

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Trinidad & Tobago

AYANNA WEBSTER-ROY

Minister of State with Responsibility for Gender and Child Affairs

 

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Trinidad and Tobago 

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United States of America

WANDA

WANDA K. JONES

Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Wanda K. Jones currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the United States’ Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as well as Director of the Office of Women’s Health (OWH).  Prior to that, Dr. Jones was the Associate Director for Women's Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. From 1990 to 1994, she served as CDC's Assistant Director for Science in the Office of the Associate Director for HIV/AIDS, where she was active in policy issues related to HIV laboratory testing, women and AIDS, HIV vaccine development, and health care workers.

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United States of America             

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Uruguay

MARIELLA MAZZOTTI

MARIELLA MAZZOTTI

Director, National Institute of Women of Uruguay (INMUJERES)

Mariella Mazzotti currently serves as Director of the National Institute of Women of Uruguay. Prior to this position, she served as Director of Municipal Development and Participation in the Municipality of Montevideo. She was Director of Citizen Development in the Ministry of Social Development (March 2015-February 2010). She was Chair of the Commission of Women from 1995 to 2005. She taught at the Universidad de la República in the workshop"Women and Society".

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Uruguay                       

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Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

GLADYS REQUENA

GLADYS REQUENA

Minister, Ministry of Popular Power for Women and Gender Equality

A Congresswoman, lawyer and Spanish and Literature professor, currently the Minister of People's Power for Women and Gender Equality of the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela, appointed on April 28th, 2015. The defense of the rights of women turned her into a pioneer advocating for these rights. She participated in the founding of the regional Institute for Women in Vargas ( IREMUJER ), promoting the " Puntos de la Mujer" of INAMUJER , the founding of the Women's Network of Vargas ( 1997 ), the Organizing Committee of the Revolutionary Women platform (2007) and the National Commission for the National Front of Women ( 2009).

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Venezuela