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OAS Inaugurates Inter-American Year of Women

  February 25, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS) today inaugurated the Inter-American Year of Women with a round table presided by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and the President of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), Wanda Jones, at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Secretary General noted “the pride the OAS has in officially beginning the Inter-American Year of Women with the presence of so distinguished a group that represents the battles, the achievements and obstacles that women in our continent face in their trajectory toward political representation and influence.”

“There are still obstacles to overcome, stereotypes to eliminate, injustices to correct, judicial frameworks to modernize and implement, sexist language to eliminate. Political women of the Hemisphere and the OAS will undertake a new road of collaboration to eliminate the difficulties that persist in the fight for the rights and equality of women. You can count on the OAS for support,” he concluded.

For her part, the President of the CIM asserted that despite the progress achieved throughout the continent on the subject of equality, certain problems persist. “We know that access to real power and decision making in this country and in many others is limited. While a majority of countries represented here have signed agreements that allow women access to power, we continue to face obstacles in all spheres.”

President Jones concluded with a call for unity of gender: “Let’s rethink and reformulate our strategies. This day on which we launch the Inter-American Year of Women is the moment when we can reflect and fight for a world with equality.”

The Inter-American Commission of Women is a specialized organization of the OAS created in 1928 “expressly to ensure recognition of the civil and political rights of women.”

The Inter-American Year of Women is being held under the banner, “Women and Power: Towards a World of Equality,” and will feature several meetings and activities in various Member States of the OAS. For more information about the Inter-American Year of Women, please click here.

For more information about the CIM, please click here.

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Reference: E-051/10