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The MESECVI Holds a Subregional Workshop for the Caribbean States

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The Mechanism to Follow up on Implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI) held the subregional workshop “Workshop on the System of Progress Indicators to Measure the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of Belém do Pará),on March 24 and 25, 2015, in Grenada.

The aim of this initiative is to support technical capacities among all those participating directly in the design and implementation of public policies for ending violence against women and girls in the Caribbean. The initiative is part of the project on strengthening the capacity of States Parties to implement the Convention of Belém do Pará, executed by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) with support from the Government of Canada.

On that occasion, the Guide to the Application of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of Belém do Pará) (MESECVI, 2014) was presented.   The aim of this document is to strengthen knowledge, interpretation, and application of the Convention in the States Parties by facilitating States’ understanding of their obligations under the Convention and contributing to the implementation thereof in addressing violence against women. The Guide is one of series of publications with support from the Government of Canada designed to build capacities of States Parties to apply and measure efforts to fulfill the international obligations arising under the Convention.

Participating in the meeting were Hon. Emmalin Pierre, Acting Minister of Social Development and Housing (Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Ecclesiastical Affairs) of Grenada, Yasmin Solitahe Odlum, Specialist for the Caribbean, Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM/OAS); Natalia Gherardi, Facilitator; Eva Villarreal, Specialist, CIM/OAS; Vice Chair of the CEVI Miriam Roache; experts of Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago; representatives of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago; and representatives of State entities and of different civil society organizations.