Committee of Experts

The Committee of Experts is the technical part of the MESECVI, responsible for the analysis and evalaution of the implementation of the Convention.

It is composed of independent Experts that are appointed by each of the States Party and serve the MESECVI in a personal capacity.

The responsibilities of the Committee of Experts include:

  • Preparing and circulating the questionnaire on the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
  • Evaluating the State Party responses and formulating recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the Convention
  • Producing the national and hemispheric reports
  • Identifying and circulating the indicators to measure the implementation of the Belém do Pará Convention
  • Producing the follow-up report

In the evaluation of the national reports and the formulation of recommendations, the Committee organizes itself into working groups.

All of the Experts have access to the State responses to the questionnaires, although no Expert participates in the evaluation of her own State Party.

Committee of Experts of the MESECVI

Experta A&B

Antigua and Barbuda
Principal Expert: Farmala Jacobs

Experta Argentina

Argentina
Principal Expert: Susana Chiarotti

Bahamas
Principal Expert: Sandra Dean Patterson

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Barbados
Principal Expert: Cecilia Babb

Belize
Principal Expert: Ann Marie Williams

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Bolivia
Principal Expert: Mónica Bayá

Brazil
Principal Expert: Leila Linhares Barsted

Chile
Principal Expert: Tatiana Rein Venegas
President of the Committee of Experts (2019-2021)

Colombia
Principal Expert: Margarita Rey Anaya

Costa Rica
Principal Expert: Sylvia Mesa Peluffo

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Dominica
Principal Expert: Sylvanie Burton

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Ecuador
Experta Titular: Gloria Camacho

El Salvador
Principal Expert: Tania Camila Rosa

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Grenada
Principal Expert: Appointment pending

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Guatemala
Principal Expert: Hilda Morales Trujillo

Guyana
Principal Expert: Appointment pending

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Haiti
Principal Expert: Mona Jean

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Honduras
Principal Expert: Appointment pending

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Jamaica
Principal Expert: Barbara Bailey

Mexico
Principal Expert: Appointment pending

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Nicaragua
Principal Expert: Appointment pending

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Panama
Principal Expert: Appointment pending

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Paraguay
Principal Expert: Pilar Callizo

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Peru
Principal Expert: Marcela Huaita Alegre
Vice President of the Committee of Experts (2019-2021)

Dominican Republic
Principal Expert: Cristina Altagracia Sánchez Martínez

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Principal Expert: Miselle O'Brien-Norton

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Saint Lucia
Principal Expert: Marcia Symphorien

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Principal Expert: Miriam Roache

Suriname
Principal Expert: Rinette Djokarto
Vice President of the Committee of Experts (2019-2021)

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Trinidad and Tobago
Principal Expert: Gaietry Pargass

Uruguay
Principal Expert: Diana Gonzalez Perrett

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Venezuela
Principal Expert: Natalia Brandler

Communiques from the Committee of Experts

2020

  • Committee of Experts expresses concern about the reduction of the budget for women's houses and especially the Houses of Indigenous and Afro-American Women (CAMIS) (November 22nd)
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  • Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism of the Belém do Pará Convention expresses concern over cases of sexual violence and pregnancy in girls (July 8th)
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the situation of Patricia Pamela Hermosa Gutierrez, former chief of staff and legal representative of former president Evo Morales (June 23rd)
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over political violence against Pamela Alejandra Aguirre, representative of the Andean Parliament (June 23rd)
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over acts of violence against Senator Martha Lucía Mícher in Mexico (June 10th)
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  • Committee of Experts urges to protect and accelerate the investigation process in a case of political violence against ex-judge in Guatemala (May 14th)
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  • Committee of Experts expresses concern for the duty of due diligence and the respect and guarantee of the fundamental rights of women and girls victims of sexual and psychological violence in Colombia in the El Shaddai case (April 15th)
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  • Committee of Experts urges the incorporation of the gender perspective in the measures taken to mitigate COVID-19 and the strengthening of actions for the prevention and care of gender-based violence (March 18th)
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  • Committee of Experts expresses concern about the high rates of femicides/feminicides in the region (March 8th)
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  • Committee of Experts presents amicus curiae on the case of Guzmán Albarracín et al. V. Ecuador (March 5th)
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  • Committee of Experts recommends the strengthening of SEPREM and other women's institutions in Guatemala (February 20th)
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  • Comité de Expertas solicita al Estado venezolano pronunciamiento oficial sobre femicidios y mortalidad materna en Venezuela (February 19th)
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2019

  • Committee of Experts express concern over resolution on ten-year-old female victim of sexual violence in El Salvador
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  • Committee of Experts calls on the Chilean State to investigate immediately and effectively allegations of human rights violations against women
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  • Committee of Experts expresses concern for women and girls affected by the Hurricane in the Bahamas
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  • Committee of Experts condemns the murder of candidate Karina García in Colombia
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  • Committee of Experts expresses concerns over the situation of sexual exploitation of girls, adolescents and women in Marajó
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  • Committee of Experts expresses concern about journalistic treatment of cases of violence against women in Chile
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  • Committee of Experts Expresses Concern about Femicides and Attacks against Human Rights Defenders in Colombia
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  • Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala
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  • Committee of Experts condemns institutional violence against an 11 year-old girl victim of rape in Argentina
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  • Committee of Experts welcomes the Resolution to fight against gender violence and femicide in Ecuador
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2018

  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the case of Arlette Contreras in Peru
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  • Committee of Experts celebrates the approval of the Micaela Law in Argentina
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  • Committee of Experts celebrates the release of Imelda Cortez in El Salvador
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the case of Lucía Pérez in Argentina
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the case of Francisca Díaz Williams in Chile
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  • Committee of Experts and the UN Special Rapporteur express their concern over the case of Imelda Cortez in El Salvador
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  • Committee of Experts and Special Rapporteurship of the IACHR express their concern over the threats against journalist Noelia Díaz Esquivel in Paraguay
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  • Committee of Experts encourages the Dominican Republic to approve a Comprehensive Law on violence against women in accordance with the provisions of the Belém do Pará Convention
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  • Committee of Experts welcomes that the Constitutional Court of Colombia recognizes and seeks to prevent institutional violence against women
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  • Experts from the OAS and the UN express their concern about the situation of the National Curriculum of Education and the alleged cases of corruption that would seek impunity in crimes against girls and adolescents in Peru
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the possible setbacks in matters of Human Rights of Women in Guatemala
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  • Committee of Experts welcomes that Costa Rica declares violence against women as a priority interest
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  • Committee of Experts welcomes the approval and budget of the multi-sectoral plan to combat violence against women in Peru
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  • Committee of Experts laments the dismissal of the Secretary for Women in Guatemala
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  • Committee of Experts laments that 201 girls have been forced to continue their pregnancies in 2017 in the province of Misiones, Argentina
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  • Committee of Experts laments that the Senate rejected the bill to decriminalize abortion in Argentina
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  • Committee of Experts condemns the attack on three women in the march for abortion rights in Chile
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  • Committee of Experts laments the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding femicide in Guatemala
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over the situation of violence against women in Mexico
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  • Committee of Experts welcomes the progress of the bill to decriminalize abortion in Argentina
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over anti-rights speeches that classify gender as an ideology
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  • Committee of Experts welcomes the decision of the Comptroller related to the protocol of conscientious objection in Chile
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  • Committee of Experts celebrates political will of Canada to be part of the Belém do Pará Convention
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  • Committee of Experts expressed concern about the sexual and reproductive rights of women in the Dominican Republic
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  • Committee of Experts expresses its concern over number of femicides and speech that foments violence against women in Costa Rica
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  • Committee of Experts condemns the murder of Marielle Franco in Brazil
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  • Joint call by Committee of Experts of the MESECVI, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice expressing concern over sentence that denies freedom to Teodora Vázquez in El Salvador
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