Violence against women is an affront to human dignity, undermines national development, generates instability in societies, and thwarts progress towards justice and peace. The Americas is the region that has made the most progress in formally recognizing women’s rights; however this progress has not yet translated into adequate and sustainable protection.

The Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women (Belém do Pará Convention) established the right of women to a life without violence and the need to strengthen cooperation among the States Party in developing mechanisms, policies, programs, and plans for the prevention, punishment, and eradication of violence against women.

This platform shares information on all matters related to the Belém do Pará Convention and its Follow-up Mechanism (MESECVI), including good practices for the eradication of gender-based violence, reports, publications, news, events, etc.