From July 18th to 21st 2012, CIM, in collaboration with UN Women and International IDEA, hosted its Second Hemispheric Forum "Women's full citizenship for democracy", with the aim of identifying and discussing the political and state reforms necessary in order to expedite the exercise of women’s full citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean, stimulating synergy, consensus and joint activities between the government’s executive, legislative and judicial branches, women’s networks and organizations and ombudspersons. The results of the Second Hemispheric Forum included:
This event was co-sponsored by UN Women, International IDEA and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
Dialogue: State reforms and the agenda for gender equality in electoral processes
Moderator: Minou Tavarez Mirabal, Deputy from the Dominican Republic
- Otilia Lux de Cotí, Former Deputy, Director of the Movimiento Winaq Party, Guatemala
- Irene Sandiford-Garner, Senator of Barbados and Vice-President of the CIM
- Lilian Soto, Candidate to the Presidency of Paraguay
Women’s citizenship and democracy in Canada
Moderator: Irene Sandiford Garner, Senator of Barbados and Vice-President of the CIM
- Jane Jenson, Professor, Department of Political Science of the University of Montreal and Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance (PowerPoint presentation)
Women’s citizenship and democracy in Latin America
Moderator: Alejandra Liriano, Vice-Minister for External Relations of the Dominican Republic
- Belkys Mones, Virginia Vargas and Lilian Soto, Regional Working Group on Women’s Full Citizenship for Democracy
Women’s citizenship and democracy in the Caribbean
Moderator: Wanda K. Jones, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, USA
- Rawwida Baksh and Linnette Vassell, Regional Working Group on Women’s Full Citizenship for Democracy
Democracy, citizenship and society: Transformations in gender relations
Moderator: Virginia Vargas, Expert on women’s rights, Peru
- Gilles Lipovetsky, Philosopher and Professor of the University of Grenoble
Parity in political representation on Latin America: progress and lessons learned from Costa Rica, Bolivia and Ecuador
Moderator: Niurka Palacio, President of the Forum of Women in Political Parties, Panama
- Isabel Torres, Specialist of the Center for Law Studies, Costa Rica (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- Marlene Choque Aldana, Specialist on citizenship, Bolivia (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- Solanda Goyes Quelal, President of Mujeres por la Equidad de Género y la Autonomía and member of Colectivo Nosotras, Ecuador (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
Challenges for Ombudspersons in assuring the fulfillment of women’s rights
Moderator: Otilia Lux de Cotí, Former Deputy, Director of the Movimiento Winaq Party, Guatemala
- Pilar Rueda, Ombudsperson in charge of Women, Children and Youth’s Rights of the Public Defender, Colombia (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- Ana Gladys Olla, Office of the Ombudsperson for Women of the Public Defender of Human Rights, Guatemala (Presentation in Word, only available in Spanish)
- Alejandra Mora, Director for Women of Office of the Ombudsperson, Costa Rica (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- Teresa Paniagua, National Commission for Human Rights, Mexico (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
Status, challenges and strategies of executive-level reforms for gender equality
Moderator: Elizabeth Quiroa, State Secretary for Women’s Issues, Guatemala
- "Status of policy and administrative reforms at the executive level in Latin America and the Caribbean"
Gregorio Montero, Gregorio Montero, Secretary General of the Latin American Center for Development Administration (CLAD)
- "State reforms and gender equality"
Susana Chiarotti, Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights (CLADEM)
- "Mainstreaming a gender perspective in the modernization of public management: the case of Chile"
Marcela Díaz, SERNAM Expert, Chile (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
Status and current perspectives on legislative-level reforms for real equality
Moderator: Diva Gastélum, Deputy from Mexico and President of the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Confederation of Parliaments of the Americas (COPA)
- "Status of the reform of legislative bodies in Latin America and the Caribbean"
Fátima Anastasia, Professor of legislative issues and researcher of Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brasil (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Portuguese)
- "Pay equity law"
Danielle Doyer, Member of the National Assembly of Québec, Canada
- "Law on women’s access to a life free from violence"
Norma Esparza, Senator of Mexico
- "Quota laws in Argentina"
Alicia Gutiérrez, Deputy of Argentina (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- "Gender mainstreaming in the Parliament of Costa Rica"
Mireya Zamora, Deputy of Costa Rica (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
Reform of the judicial system for gender equality and women’s rights
Moderator: Rocío García Gaytán, President of the CIM
- "Status of the reform of justice systems in Latin America"
María Mercedes López Mora, Judge, Supreme Court of Justice, Colombia
- "Violence against women and the reform of the justice sector in Brazil"
Aparecida Gonçalves, Secretary for the Confrontation of Violence, Brazil
- "Reform of the judiciary in Costa Rica"
Zarela Villanueva, Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Costa Rica (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- "Judicial initiatives for gender justice"
Josefina Durán, Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género, Argentina
Reforms and democratization of political parties: the agenda for gender equality and parity in political representation
Moderator: Beatriz Llanos, Specialist in political participation
- "Status of equality in Latin American political parties: challenges and good practices"
Percy Medina, Percy Medina, Specialist, International IDEA (PowerPoint presentation, only available in Spanish)
- "Inside political parties: equality and ethnicity, two pending issues"
Blanca Gamez, Former Federal Deputy of the Acción Nacional Party, México
Otilia Lux de Cotí, Former Deputy, Director of the Movimiento Winaq Party, Guatemala