Madrid, Spain, October 23rd, 2015. – The cooperation program of the European Union with Latin America (Eurosocial), celebrated in Madrid, on October 19th-22nd, the annual encounter, in order to present the main results that have been achieved in its last four years of working in Latin-America. On this occasion, the Technical Secretary of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero, presented the challenges to fulfill the Convention in the Americas.
The Technical Secretary detailed the situation regarding violence against women in the Americas, 20 years after the Belém do Pará Convention. This situation has been translated to the Second Follow-up Report on the Recommendations of the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI. Furthermore, she emphasized in the importance of using indicators, both qualitative and quantitative, in order to measure the impact of public policies implemented to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women, based on international commitments.
The encounter aimed at the need to focus on the relevant of gender for social cohesion and to contribute to a joint contemplation on the main challenges regarding gender and the synergies between both regions to promote mutual cooperation on these issues.
The event had the participation of representatives of institutions from both regions, including ministers, experts, academia, politicians, non-governmental organizations, among other authorities. It was inaugurated by Jesus Gracia, Secretary of State for International Co-operation and Ibero-America, Spain.