Brussels, Belgium, June 12, 2015. – The bi-regional dialogue on gender of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held in the framework of the VIII Conference on Feminicide – Femicide last June 1 and 2. The Technical Secretary of the Mechanism to Follow up on Implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI), Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero, called on the States to develop indicators, both qualitative and quantitative, to measure the impact of public policies implemented to prevent, punish, and eradicate violence against women, including femicide, based on the international commitments. She also participated in a lengthy series of meetings.
The Conference summarized aspects related to the duty of the States to apply due diligence in addressing violence against women in the framework of the related regional conventions, the Convention de Belém do Pará and Istanbul Convention. Also addressed were strategies and initiatives developed by States to counter violence against women and end femicide.
“This event ratifies the international commitment to end violence against women and makes evident the priority of the States of the two regions to address this human rights violation. In this context, it is essential for indicators to be established to monitor the States and simplify their public policy design efforts,” the Technical Secretary indicated.
On that occasion were set out the objectives of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM/OAS) and of MESECVI regarding women’s right to a life without violence. The Second Hemispheric Report (MESECVI, 2014) was also presented, which analyzes the implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará by the States Parties thereto, and of the recommendations of the Committee of Experts for the prevention, punishment, and eradication of violence against women in the Americas region, based on a matrix of indicators to measure implementation by the States. With regard to femicide, the document defines it as “the violent death of women based on gender, whether it occurs within the family, a domestic partnership, or any other interpersonal relationship; in the community, by any person, or when it is perpetrated or tolerated by the state or its agents, by action or omission.”
Following the event, the Declaration of the Conference in English and Spanish were disseminated. It incorporates recommendations to combat violence against women made by civil society organizations and other key actors for the EU-CELAC Summit, which was held on June 10 and 11.
Subsequently, in the context of the strengthening of the MESECVI and for a closer association with and to further the aim of preventing, punishing, and eradicating gender-based violence, the Technical Secretariat met with representatives of different intergovernmental institutions of Europe, such as the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European External Action Service (the EU’s program for social cohesion in Latin America), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and the Heinrich Boll and Friedrich Ebert Foundations of Germany.