On February 25, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) held a roundtable discussion titled “Political Violence against Women: A Hemispheric Challenge” to raise the visibility of this item on the hemispheric agenda and explore effective measures to guarantee women the full exercise of their political rights.
At the event were gathered representatives of permanent missions to the OAS and of observer countries, the diplomatic community, experts on gender and human rights, women’s organizations, government agencies, and members of the academic community and the international community. The event was opened by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the President of the CIM, Minister for the Status of Women of Costa Rica Alejandra Mora; OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security Adam Blackwell; and Acting Representative of Canada to the OAS Jennifer Loten.
The roundtable included discussion panels for the sharing of experiences of political violence by eminent women leaders of Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Ecuador, among other countries of the region. The complete agenda for the event is available here.