The Mechanism to Follow up on Implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI) held the “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),” in San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 17 and 18, 2015. The aim of this initiative is to support technical capacities among all actors participating directly in the design and implementation of public policies for ending violence against women and girls in El Salvador.
Participating in the meeting were Yanira Argueta Martínez, Executive Director, Salvadoran Institute for the Advancement of Women (ISDEMU); Pierre Giroux, Ambassador of Canada to El Salvador; Paula Patricia Velásquez, Assistant Public Prosecutor; Tania Camila Rosa, Principal Expert of El Salvador to the MESECVI; Eva Villarreal, expert on gender law, Mechanism to Follow up on Implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI/OAS); Laura Pautassi, gender indicators expert; and the Specialized Technical Commission, an institution composed of representatives of State entities and different civil society organizations.
On that occasion, the MESECVI presented 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). The aim of this Guide 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.