AG/RES. 1941 (XXXIII-O/03)
PROMOTION OF WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUITY AND EQUALITY
(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 10, 2003)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the report of the Secretary General (CP/doc.3740/03 rev. 1);
REAFFIRMING that the empowerment of women, their full participation in the development of our societies, and equal opportunity for them to exercise leadership are essential to the strengthening of democracy and the economic and social development of our peoples;
RECALLING the endorsement by the Heads of State and Government, in the Plan of Action of the Third Summit of the Americas, of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality (IAP);
BEARING IN MIND that the objective of resolution AG/RES. 1732 (XXX-O/00), “Adoption and Implementation of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality,” is the integration of a gender perspective as a decisive strategy for implementing the Program and achieving the ultimate aim of promoting and protecting women’s human rights and gender equity and equality;
EMPHASIZING that the adoption of the Inter-American Program reaffirmed the member states’ commitment to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and men, with a gender perspective, which will require the ongoing participation of the OAS and, in particular, of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), as the principal forum for generating hemispheric policy on gender equity and equality, as well as cooperation between the OAS and the different regional and subregional agencies and entities;
BEARING IN MIND resolution AG/RES. 1853 (XXXII-O/02), “Implementation of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality,” whereby the General Assembly received the second report of the Secretary General on implementation of the Program;
RECALLING ALSO resolution AG/RES. 1741 (XXX-O/00), “Integrating a Gender Perspective in the Summits of the Americas,” in which the General Assembly recommended that the Meetings of Ministers or of the Highest-Ranking Authorities Responsible for the Advancement of Women in the Member States be held every four years, and that they take the Inter-American Program into account and contribute to the preparatory and follow-up activities of the Summits of the Americas;
CONSIDERING the commitment made by the Organization of American States, in particular through the CIM, to facilitate the integration of a gender perspective in the work of its organs, agencies, and entities by developing training programs and disseminating information on women’s human rights, and to support governments in the systematic compilation and dissemination of statistical data disaggregated by sex; and
RECALLING that a firm political commitment and ongoing action from the member states and the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization is essential to attainment of the objectives established in the Inter-American Program,
1. To reaffirm its support for the work of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) as the principal forum for generating hemispheric policy on gender equity and equality and the promotion of women’s human rights.
2. To support the efforts of the CIM to:
a. Follow up on and implement the Inter-American Program, including coordination of the ad hoc Inter-institutional Forum on Gender Equality;
b. Integrate a gender perspective as a decisive strategy for developing the programs and actions of each of the Organization’s organs, agencies, and entities;
c. Implement activities and programs for integrating a gender perspective into the results of ministerial meetings on labor, justice, and education;
d. Implement its Plan of Action on Women’s Participation in Power and Decision-Making Structures; and
e. Continue developing the topic “women, free trade, and economic integration,” the main item on the agenda for the Second Meeting of Ministers or of the Highest-Ranking Authorities Responsible for the Advancement of Women in the Member States (REMIM-II), with a special focus on women’s economic empowerment.
3. To request the Permanent Council, in fulfillment of the mandates of the Summit of the Americas and the Inter-American Program, to:
a. Integrate a gender perspective into its resolutions, activities, and initiatives, as appropriate, to ensure that they benefit women and men on an equal basis, availing itself of the expertise of the CIM;
b. Consider convening a special meeting, in conjunction with the CIM and with the participation of civil society organizations, in order to move forward with the implementation of the Inter-American Program in the member states; and
c. Continue promoting, in coordination with the CIM and the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy (UPD), activities related to the participation of women in political processes, in follow-up to the special meeting held in November 2002 at OAS headquarters.
4. To request the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), through its Permanent Executive Committee, to follow up on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 2002-2005, regarding the integration, by CIDI and its subsidiary bodies, of a gender perspective, both in policy formulation and in the implementation of cooperation programs, projects, and activities in the different priority areas of the Strategic Plan.
5. To take note of the third report of the Secretary General on the implementation and promotion of the Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality, presented in fulfillment of resolution AG/RES. 1853 (XXXII-O/02); and to urge him to continue to give it his full support, with special emphasis on the priorities set by the Assembly of Delegates of the Inter-American Commission of Women at its thirty-first regular meeting.
6. To encourage efforts by member states to develop public policies, strengthen institutional mechanisms, and ensure compliance with laws that promote women’s human rights and gender equity and equality, including equal opportunity for women and men at all levels.
7. To call upon the Secretary General to:
a. Convene, for April 2004, pursuant to operative paragraph 4.c of resolution AG/RES. 1853 (XXXII-O/02), the Second Meeting of Ministers or of the Highest-Ranking Authorities Responsible for the Advancement of Women in the Member States;
b. Continue to integrate a gender perspective into all programs and policies of the Organization, building on the work thus far carried out in developing and implementing the OAS gender analysis training program;
c. Reiterate the request to the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization to include in their annual reports to the General Assembly information on their efforts to integrate a gender perspective into their policies, programs, projects, and activities;
d. Support the activities marking the 75th anniversary of the CIM; and
e. Report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fourth regular session, in coordination with the CIM, on the implementation of the Program and of this resolution by the organs, agencies, and entities of the inter-American system.
8. To instruct the Permanent Council to consider increasing the resources allocated to the CIM in the program-budget, enabling it fully to carry out its mandates.