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Guatemala: The MESECVI Makes a Technical Assistance Visit

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The Mechanism to Follow up on Implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI), with support from and participation by UN Women and the Presidential Secretariat of Women (SEPREM), 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 Guatemala City, on February 19 and 20, 2015. The aim of this initiative, as it was for the five other workshops held, in Paraguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, and El Salvador, was to support technical capacities among all actors participating directly in the design and implementation of public policies for ending violence against women and girls.

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).   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.

Participating in the meeting were Lourdes Xitumul Piox, Presidential Secretary of Women (SEPREM); Cleotilde Vásquez Lucas, Deputy Secretary of the Presidential Secretariat of Women (SEPREM); Patricia Atkinson, Representative of the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala; Milagro Martínez, OAS Representative in Guatemala; Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero; Technical Secretary of the Mechanism to Follow up on Implementation of the Convention (MESECVI/OAS); María Machicado Terán, Representative, UN Women, Guatemala; María Elisa Sandoval Argueta, Principal Expert of Guatemala to the MESECVI; Laura Pautassi, gender indicators expert; and representatives of State entities and of different civil society organizations.