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OAS to Present Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy during Round Table

  November 28, 2016

As part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a Roundtable on Tuesday, November 29, titled "Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Motherhood in the Americas.”

The event, to be held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, will be inaugurated by OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez, and will feature experts, leaders and government representatives, including:

• Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady of Panama
• Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, US Agency for International Development
• Sarah Fountain Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada
• Heather Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director, Girls not Brides

During the event, the Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy, prepared by the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism of Belém do Pará, will be presented, which includes figures on sexual violence against girls 10 to 14 years of age in the region. The report highlights the lack of statistical data that would allow a more accurate view of the frequency of this crime in several countries of the hemisphere.

The meeting will be broadcast live on the OAS Website.

The event’s agenda is available here.

Reference: AVI-154/16