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Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention
MESECVI launches the "Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention" with a view to providing information on this problem and to generating recommendations to the States Party to support them in improving the effectiveness of the measures adopted to fulfill the right of the girls to live free from violence.
Download the full report in English or Spanish
#March8 Don’t forget GIRLS
In the framework of International Women’s Day, the MESECVI Committee of Experts expresses its commitment to the eradication of pregnancy in girls under 14 and the promotion of the right of all girls to live free from violence.
Download the full Communiqué in: English or Spanish
MESECVI condemns the discriminatory message behind the inflatable doll in Chile
[December 19th 2016]
The Committee of Experts of the MESECVI expresses its concern over the actions of representatives of Asexma in Chile, which are a violation of the right of all women to live free from violence and discrimination. This explicit reference to the reduced body of a women is a violation of article 6 of the Belém do Pará Convention, as well as a direct offense against the moral integrity of the women of Chile.
Read the full Statement in English or Spanish
MESECVI invites CSOs registered with OAS to participate in a Virtual Seminar on Shadow Reports
[June 16, 2016]
The Webinar entitled: "Preparation of Shadow Reports. CSO participation in the Third Round of the MESECVI", will be held on June 30 at 10:00 am to present information on the preparation of these reports for the Third Multilateral Evaluation Round. The seminar seeks to provide support to civil society organizations registered in the OAS who are willing to collaborate with the MESECVI in monitoring the State compliance with the Belém do Pará Convention with the ultimate aim of improving the lives of women in the region. More info...
Progress is being made to eliminate political violence against women [May 31st, 2016]
The Second Meeting of Experts on political violence against women began yesterday in La Paz, Bolivia, organized by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) of the OAS, along with ParlAmericas, with the support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice of Bolivia and the Vice Ministry of Gender Equality. The aim is to discuss and validate a draft model law on political violence against women, in compliance with the agreements reached by the CIM Executive Committee. More info...
Advances in condemning crimes of sexual and domestic slavery [March 31st, 2016]
The 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.
The MESECVI invites civil society organizations to participate in the Third Round [March 15, 2016]
During the XII Meeting of Experts held in Lima, Peru, on October 13 and 14, 2015, it was agreed that the Third Multilateral Evaluation Round on the Implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention would start. The Round will end with the adoption of the Third Hemispheric Report on the Implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention, as well as national reports. Registered NGOs are encouraged to answer the questionnaire and send their shadow reports to the Committee of Experts.
MESECVI condemns the murder of Berta Caceres
[March 3rd, 2016]
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism of the Inter-American
Convention on the Prevention , Punishment and Eradication of Violence
against Women "Convention of Belém do Pará " ( MESECVI ), strongly condemns
the murder of the indigenous leader, Berta Caceres, allegedly killed by two
men armed and urges Honduras, as a State Party to the Convention, to
strengthen measures to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women.
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.
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.
Interactive reports on the implementation of the Belém do Pará
Convention [December 2, 2015]
The MESECVI has developed an interactive monitoring tool that reflects the
situation of each State, concerning legislation on violence against women,
national plans, access to justice, specialized services, information and
statistics and budget.
Visit the Belén do Pará Portal
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
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
A Declaration is issued and an agreement is made on eliminating
violence and political harassment against women
In the framework of the VI Conference of States Party to the Inter-American
Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence
against Women, (Belém
do Pará Convention), Ministers for Women's Affairs and experts in gender
violence of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém Do Pará Convention (MESECVI)
Declaration on Political Harassment and Violence Against Women on
October 18th, with the aim of advancing in the full recognition and exercise
of women's rights.
Protocol on femicide is approved in Lima
[October 15th, 2015]
In the framework of the VI Conference of States Party to the MESECVI the
Minister of Women of Peru, Marcela Huaita, announced the approval of the
protocol, measure approved by decree that involves different political
sectors, whose compliance will be the responsibility of said Minister.
Experts in gender violence begin their meeting in Lima
[October 13th, 2015]
The Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations of Peru, Marcela Huaita
Alegre, inaugurated the meeting in which experts and delegates will
participate to analyze violence against women in the region.
Advances in addressing violence against women are evaluated in
[October 12, 2015]
Minister of Women of Peru, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Panama and Bolivia, the
President of the National Institute of Women of Mexico, the Presidential
Advisor for Equity of Women of Colombia, over 200 representatives of
governmental organizations and experts from 32 countries from Latin America
and the Caribbean will meet in Lima on October 15th at the Sheraton Hotel to
assess the advances and challenges related to laws, budget allocations and
services and governmental efforts in addressing violence against women. More
The MESECVI invites civil society organizations to participate
in the XII Meeting of CEVI [October 5th, 2015]
The XII Meeting of the Committee of Experts of the Follow Up Mechanism to
the Convention to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women "Belém
do Pará Convention" will be held from from October 13th to 14th in Perú. The
event will feature a space for dialogue with civil society organizations
with the aim of addressing issues in depth, such as sexual violence,
adolescent pregnancy, symbolic violence and other issues of common interest.
For more info, contact email@example.com.
International Congress:"Vulnerabilities, Victims and Survival"
[September 27th, 2015]
The event took place from September 23rd to the 25th in Costa Rica with the
aim of strengthening the analysis on vulnerabilities related to
socio-economics, governance, and the law that threaten to victimize
citizenship and prevent the enjoyment of human rights. Renowned authorities
and experts in human rights attended the event, such as Alejandra Mora Mora,
Minister of the Status of Women of Costa Rica and President of the CIM;
Cecilia Sánchez Romero, Minister of Justice and Peace of Costa Rica, Luz
Patricia Mejía Guerrero, Technical Secretariat of the MESECVI; among others.
XVI International Meeting " Challenges related to Statistics in
the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda"-
[September 15th, 2015]
Held from September 9 to 11, this meeting provided a space for reflection on
how to adopt and adapt the Development Goals to the needs, priorities and
capacities of countries in the region to data availability and segregation
levels. It also addressed strengthening methodologies for information
production and use; and the development of gender indicators related to
human rights and the advancement of women and girls. More
International Seminar on Good Practices of Justice Centers for
Women, Oaxaca de Juárez, México
[September 5th, 2015]
Organized by the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence
against Women (CONAVIM) and the USAID, through the program "Projusticia",
the Seminar held from September 2nd to 3rd addressed gender equity and
focused on the development of public policies designed to allow access to
tools for law enforcement. More
MESECVI Committee of Experts speaks out about the situation of
victims of sexual violence in Colombia [September 3rd, 2015]
The Committee of Experts of the Follow Up Mechanism of the Belém do Pará
Convention (MESECVI) expressed its concern over guaranteeing access to
justice for all victims of sexual violence, due to a modification of Article
23 of the 1719 Law. The article guarantees access to justice for victims of
violence, and establishes the implementation of the Protocol and Model of
Integral Attention in Health for Victims of Sexual Violence. The Committee
expressed its concern through a letter addressed to Magistrate Maria
Victoria Calle Correa, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic
Good practices in the promotion of women's rights and gender
[July 7th 2015]
The CIM/MESECVI will launch a virtual Portal that is intended to provide a
space for cooperation, knowledge-sharing and exchange of good practices to
advancing women’s right to live free from violence and gender equality. Fill
form and share a good practice
Seminar "Gender and Justice" for justice operators [June 23rd, 2015]
In Puebla, Mexico, from June 22nd to July 3rd a seminar is underway for
members of high tribunals of justice of this State with the goal of
providing methodological and theoretical tools to judge with a gender
perspective, in accordance with the Belém do Pará Convention and the
regional standards of due diligence. In addition, this event, organized by
the MESECVI, seeks to provide support to the States Parties to the
Convention in monitoring and examining the implementation of the Convention.
info... Agenda. Photo
Violence, Health, and Sexual and Reproductive Rights [June 10th, 2015]
On June 19th 2015, the CIM/MESECVI 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 MESECVI recommends implementing indicators to measure
gender-based violence in Brussels
In the context of the VIII Conference on Feminicide-Femicide, the Dialogue
on Gender between the European Union and the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States (CELAC), held on June 1-2, the Technical Secretariat of the
Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), Luz Patricia
Mejía Guerrero, urged States to produce indicators, qualitative and
quantitative, for measuring the impact of public policies implemented to
prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women, among them, femicide,
based on international commitments.
The rights of girls and women [June 3rd, 2015]
The MESECVI Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the human rights
situation of girls and adolescents in the region.
Webinar on violence and sexual and reproductive rights
Today at 11:00 am the MESECVI will conduct a Webinar on violence and sexual
and reproductive rights and address the relation between violence against
women and their sexual and reproductive rights More
Perú- Workshop on the System of Indicators for the
implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
[April 23, 2015]
In collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations
(MIMP) of Perú, a workshop on indicators to measure the implementation of
the Belém do Pará Convention started today, organized by the MESECVI on
April 23 and 24, 2015.
The MESECVI elaborates a Guide for the implementation of the
Belém do Pará Convention
The MESECVI has elaborated a
Guide for the aplication of progress indicators designed to measure the
implementation of the Convention. The objective is to consolidate the system
of indicators in the States Party to the Convention and facilitate their
Chile- Workshop on the System of Indicators for the
implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
In collaboration with the National Service of Women (SERNAM) de Chile, a
workshop on the System of Indicators for the implementation of the Belém do
Pará Conventionse was organized by the MESECVI on April 15 and 16, 2015.
Grenada- Workshop on the System of Indicators for the
implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
The MESECVI organized this workshop on March 24 and 25 in Grenada with the
aim of strengthening technical capacities for the use of this System of
Indicators and its incorporation into national plans and programs designed
to eradicate violence against women and girls.
Guatemala - Workshop on the System of Indicators for the
implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
In collaboration with SEPREM, the MESECVI organized a workshop on the System
of Indicators for the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention on
February 19 and 20, 2015
El Salvador - Workshop on the System of Indicators for the
implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
In collaboration with the Institute of for the Development of Women of El
Salvador, a el Instituto Salvadoreño para el Desarrollo de la Mujer
(ISDEMU), a workshop on the System of Indicators for the implementation of
the Belém do Pará Conventionse was organized by the MESECVI on February 16
and 17, 2015. More info.
Several Colombian institutions participated in a workshop on
indicators to measure the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
The workshop on indicators for measuring the implementation of the Belem do
Pará Convention, organized by the CIM, through the MESECVI, was successfully
completed from January 26th to 27th with the support of the Office on
Women's Equity of Colombia and the Canadian government.
More info ...(in Spanish only)
Forum "Women Nobel Laureates and victims of sexual violence, a
message of Colombia to the World"
The MESECVI will participate in this forum with the recognized Nobel Peace
Prize Laureates, Jody Williams (1997) and Shirin Ebadi (2003), to be held in
the auditorium of the University of Cartagena, an initiative supported by
the Victims Unit, UN Women and UNDP. The discussion will focus on sexual
violence and the strategies implemented to combat this scourge.
20 years after the adoption of the Inter-American Convention on
the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women,
Convention of Belém do Pará
This meeting, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina on
December 4th, 2014 in Buenos Aires, aimed at analyzing the impact ,
achievements and challenges of 20 years since the adoption of the Belém do Pará Convention, as
well as the advances made in specific areas of the regional gender agenda. Program
Seminar on Access to Justice for Women Victims of Violence
This meeting, organized by the MESECVI, on December 2nd, 2014 in
Argentina sought to explore the progress on gender-based violence in
international systems of human rights protection ; strategic international
litigation and its implementation at the local level, as well as good
practices in the investigation of cases related to gender. Program
Workshop on the System of Indicators for the implementation of
the Belém do Pará Convention in Argentina OnDecember 1st in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the
MESECVI organized a workshop to provide guidance to key stakeholders (
Ministries for Women's Issues, Ministries of Justice, Health , Education and
other relevant ) and civil society organizations in the application of the
Convention and the incorporation of these indicators into national plans,
programs and reports on human rights and violence against women. Program
Workshop on System of Indicators to measure the implementation
of the Belém do Pará Convention in Paraguay
The meeting took place on November 3rd in order to strengthen the technical
capacity of all actors involved in the design and implementation of public
policies designed to eradicate violence against women and girls in Paraguay.
It also served to provide guidance for the implementation of the system of
indicators to measure the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention and
its incorporation into plans, programs and reports on gender-based violence.
It was organized by the MESECVI with the support of the Government of
The Committee of Experts of the MESECVI carries out its first
technical assistance visit
Representatives of the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI (Susana Chiarotti
from Argentina, Camila Rosa Tania from El Salvador and Lidia Giménez from
Paraguay) visited Paraguay from November 3rd to 4th in order to support the
preparation and adoption of an integrated law on violence against women. The
experts met with representatives from the Government of Paraguay, civil
society and national media to discuss the contents of the draft law, in
light of the experiences of other countries in the region in terms of their
States Party hold their First Special Conference
[October 22nd 2014]
From October 23rd to 24th the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention will hold their First Special Conference in Mexico City. Among other topics, the Conference will consider the draft Second Follow-up report on the Recommendations of the Committee of Experts and the strengthening of the MESECVI.
Download the Conference agenda in English or Spanish Follow the live Webcast of the round-table on "The Belém do Pará Convention: Impact and good practices" (october 23rd, 9:00-13:00, Mexico City time)
The Committee of Experts advances sexual and reproductive rights
[September 29th 2014]
Durng its 11th meeeting, the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI adopted the Declaration on Violence against Women, Girls and Adolescents and their Sexual and Reproductive Rights, which seeks to advance the gurantee and protection of women's human rights on the basis of commitments adopted by the States at the international level.
Download the full text of the Declaration in English or Spanish More information...
The Committee of Experts holds its 11th Meeting
[September 8th 2014]
From September 18th to 19th 2014, the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI will hold its eleventh meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Download the agenda of the meeting More information...
MESECVI participates in the Conference to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women in Venezuela
[July 14th 2014]
In the context of the 20th anniversary of the Belém do Pará Convention, the Techical Secretary of the MESECVI, Luz Patricia Mejía, met with members of the Popular Ministry of Women and Gender Equality (MinMujer), the Attorney General of the Republic's office, and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Venezuela. During the Conference, with high-level authorities, she recognized that "Venezuela's legislation is pioneering in incorporating the integrated vision establsihed by the Convention.”
Pachuca Declaration: Strengthening violence prevention
[May 16th 2014]
The Belém do Pará +20 Hemispheric Forum "Prevention of violence against women: Good practices and proposals for the future," organized from May 14th to 16th in Pachuca, Hidalgo, adopted the Pachuca Declaration, which reaffirms and strengthens State commitment to concrete action in public policy, education and communication for gender equality and violence prevention.
Download the Declaration in: English or Spanish Download the agenda of the Forum in English or Spanish