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  June 22, 2007

The Organization of American States (OAS) remains very committed to a strengthened Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) that will carry out its mandate in an even more effective manner. That was the focus of discussions held today between OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and CIM President Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, who is also Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Labor, Public Administration and Empowerment, with responsibility for gender affairs.

After the CIM President briefed him on the agency’s program, the Secretary General renewed the Organization’s firm support. The meeting focused on preparations for next month’s technical meeting in Argentina, to be inaugurated by Secretary General Insulza, and they also discussed special challenges faced by CIM in such areas as human and financial resources to carry out the follow up mechanism. Minister Quinn-Leandro expressed satisfaction at the Secretary General’s commitment to consider the possibility of external funding being sought for certain programs of CIM as well.

Praising the Secretary General’s support for CIM, Dr. Quinn-Leandro noted the increase in the number of women appointed to senior level positions within the OAS, and the effort to ensure gender equity and equality issues are accorded the due attention. “We have to set the example within the organization so that member governments would also have that commitment,” said Quinn-Leandro.

Violence against women, a major focus of the CIM mandate, was also among issues discussed during the meeting with the OAS Secretary General, as were the issues of trafficking in persons—women being among its main victims—and its connection to HIV-AIDS crisis.

Reference: E-153/07