Suriname - 2013
The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women participated in a working visit to the Republic of Suriname conducted by the IACHR January 23-25, 2013, in order to examine the situation of the rights of women and indigenous peoples. The delegation was composed of Commissioner Dinah Shelton, Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Commissioner Tracy Robinson, First Vice-President and Rapporteur on the Rights of Women; and staff from the Executive Secretariat.
During the visit, the delegation held meetings with the highest authorities of the Suriname state, and representatives from civil society organizations dedicated to the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples, women and LGBTI persons in the country. Several members of the delegation also traveled to the district of Brokopondo and the village of Brownsweg to visit a Maroon village composed of 8,000 persons. The delegation offered in a workshop attended by approximately fifty government officials on the Inter-American System of Human Rights and an academic event at the Anton de Kom University, with the participation of law professors and students.
The Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women carried out a visit to Colombia May 2-4, 2011, to promote compliance with precautionary measures the IACHR has granted to women's organizations. The visit by Rapporteur Luz Patricia Mejía was made at the request of the organizations representing women who are beneficiaries of the Commission's protection measures, in view of information the Commission has been receiving about threats, acts of harassment, and attacks reportedly being suffered by women who work to defend human rights of women in Colombia. The delegation met with high-level State authorities and representatives of civil society organizations in the cities of Bogotá and Cartagena.
El Salvador, 2010
Commissioner Luz Patricia Mejía carried out a visit to El Salvador on November 17-19, 2010, at the government's invitation. The main purpose of the visit was to compile information on the types of discrimination women face in El Salvador in the exercise of their economic, social, and cultural rights, as part of a hemisphere-wide report that the Office of the Rapporteur is preparing on the subject. During the visit, the Rapporteur and her delegation held meetings with high-level government officials, international cooperation agencies and civil society organizations.
Commissioner Luz Patricia Mejía conducted a working visit to Bolivia on June 22-26 at the invitation of the government, in her capacity as Rapporteur on the Rights of Women. She was accompanied by attorneys Rosa Celorio and Fiorella Melzi of the IACHR Executive Secretariat. The primary objective of the visit was to collaborate in the fulfillment of one of the agreements included in the friendly settlement of the case of MZ v. Bolivia, signed on March 11, 2008. During the visit the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women also gathered information on the economic, social, and cultural rights of women in the country, as part of a hemispheric report the Rapporteurship is preparing on the subject.
Commissioner Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero carried out a visit to Argentina on February 15-17, 2010, in her capacity as Rapporteur for Argentina. The visit's goal was to promote compliance with IACHR friendly settlement agreements and recommendations, and to this end she met with high-level national and provincial authorities, as well as with representatives of civil society organizations.
In 2009, the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women conducted a Visit to Bolivia. During the Visit, a workshop was held in the city of Sucre designed to train officials at all levels of the judiciary on matters related to violence and discrimination against women.
The Rapporteurship conducted a working visit to Chile from September 10 to 13, 2007, in order to observe and gather information on the situation regarding the rights of women in that country, particularly their right to live free of discrimination.
Haiti, 2006 y 2007
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women participated in visits conducted by the IACHR to Haiti in 2006 and 2007.
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In June 2005, The Rapporteurship conducted a visit to Colombia to evaluate the impact of the armed conflict on Colombian women and girls and to collect information about the legal, public policies and institutional measures adopted by the State to protect the rights of women.
On September 12-18, 2004, the IACHR Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, Susana Villarán, carried out a visit to Guatemala, at the invitation of the government of President Oscar Berger and at the request of representatives of civil society concerned about the number of murders and the prevalence of other forms of violence against Guatemalan women.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 2002
In 2002, the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women conducted a Visit to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to analyze the status of women’s rights.