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Freedom of expression is a cornerstone upon which the very existence of a democratic society rests.

Advisory Opinion, OC-5/85, IACtHR

Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

On the International Day of Access to public information, the IACHR's Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression evaluates:

The compliance of State obligations regarding “Access to information, violence against women and the administration of justice in The Americas”

On the International Day of Access to public information, the IACHR's Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights highlights the progresses that have been made in the region in order to address the barriers that prevent women from fully exercising this right, under conditions of equality and non-discrimination and calls on States to intensify these efforts.

In May 2018, the Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression distributed a public consultation questionnaire to the States and civil society, based on the thematic report "Access to information, violence against women and the administration of Justice in the Americas" published by the IACHR on March 2015. The States of Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and St. Vincent and the Grenadines responded to this questionnaire and provided information on the measures taken in this matter. In addition, the Office of the Special Rapporteur received information from the Office of the Procurator for the Protection of Human Rights from El Salvador, the Commission on Human Rights of Mexico City, the Presidential Secretariat for Women of Guatemala and from civil society organizations of five different countries in the region.

The findings of this public consultation show that the States of the Americas have made important efforts to improve and strengthen the normative framework and the creation of mechanisms to ensure better accessibility conditions and exercise of the right to Information to women. Without prejudice of the progress made so far, challenges still persist.

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