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September 2010
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This month...

Overcoming obstacles to
Gender Mainstreaming

in Latin America and the Caribbean

Although the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy has been applied to public policy since the Beijing Conference (1995), there are still many obstacles hindering its implementation. Major challenges derive from the lack of clarity in the conceptual approach to equality, insufficient political will and technical capacity issues in some cases, and lack of impact assessments of the strategies implemented, among others. This results in the absence of government policies to address gender strategic objectives.

For this reason, the Gender Practice Area of the UNDP Regional Centre in Panama, with the support of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation, has initiated a regional process to reflect on gender mainstreaming. This regional initiative for analysis and action will promote the detection of problems, needs and challenges faced in operationalizing the gender mainstreaming strategy in public policies. South-South cooperation and exchange among countries will play a crucial role in finding solutions and tools to overcome such obstacles and difficulties. Read more


Call: Best Practices for Mainstreaming Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 29, 2010
Deadline for submitting experiences

  • Has your institution undertaken any institutional changes that have positively impacted the achievement of gender objectives set by the government?
  • Has your institution excelled in developing tools and initiatives to facilitate and improve the gender mainstreaming?
  • Do you know any institution that has achieved good results owing to the implementation of gender mainstreaming?

We want you to share your experience with other countries in the region and benefit from others’ innovations to mainstream gender in public policy

With its "Overcoming obstacles to gender mainstreaming in Latin America and the Caribbean" initiative –financed by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation–, the Gender Practice Area of the UNDP Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean wishes to identify cutting-edge experiences on gender mainstreaming in the region. All short-listed experiences will be disseminated through the portal América Latina Genera. In addition, some of them will be selected by a panel of experts to be systematized and included in a reference publication entitled "Best Practices for Mainstreaming Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Furthermore, the selected initiatives will be invited to participate in regional processes of exchange to share information, resources and tools and methodologies.

To participate, please, fill the experience application form. To send completed applications or for further information or inquires, contact: [email protected]; neu[email protected]  

New this month


‘Policies that transform’, audiovisual series now online

Care Policy. It is urgent to redistribute care responsibilities between states, businesses and families to build a more egalitarian social model. Let’s move towards new forms of reconciliation with social co-responsibility.
Watch video


Watch video

Sexual and Reproductive Health
High rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality, especially among poorer women, unequal access to sexual and reproductive health services, lack of male responsibility and setbacks in the legislation for therapeutic abortion. It is necessary for States to assume their responsibility in the exercise of sexual and reproductive rights.

Women Parliamentarians, from inclusion to parity It is still necessary to eliminate obstacles to women entering the political arena and, especially, staying in it: parties’ patriarchal structures, unequal distribution of caregiving tasks, lack of economic resources to be in politics.

Watch video

Watch video

Violence against women. Progress and challenges to end violence against women in the region. Legal frameworks, statistics, communication and experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Preparatory workshops on gender and disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean

America Latina Genera and the Gender Practice Area participated in this initiative to prepare the IV International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction. The workshop included six thematic panels: Context and developments at the regional level; Women and disasters; People with disabilities and disasters; People living with HIV and Disasters; Children, youth, the elderly and disasters; Risk management, climate change and gender; and, finally, a teamwork session.
Yolanda Villar, Gender Advisor of the América Latina Genera team focused her participation on advances, approaches, and tools and the presentation of the GREG methodology. see presentation.

Gender mainstreaming in the Central American Integration System

On September 8, 9 and 10, a meeting was held in El Salvador to develop the Framework Strategy on Gender Mainstreaming of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Ivonne Urriola, from the Gender Practice Area, participated in this process by sharing the experience of gender mainstreaming of UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean.
see presentation.

In addition to SICA institutions, Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women in Central America and International Cooperation Agencies also participated in the meeting.

Women count for peace

1325 For the full and equal participation of women in conflict resolution and prevention of violence against women in conflict zones

Women and girls are the direct targets of fighting, when sexual violence is deliberately used as a tactic of warfare. Yet, only about three dozen individuals have been convicted and jailed by international war crimes tribunals for committing widespread sexual violence. (UNIFEM)

Ten years ago, in its landmark resolution 1325, the United Nations Security Council called for women's full and equal participation in all elements of peacemaking after conflict. And above all, this resolution was intended to visualize, sue and punish those who command and/or commit sexual violence in conflict. But implementation of this historic resolution has been too slow. This is a call for people to urge their governments make resolution 1325 becomes a reality. Sign the petition here     

Other news

Here comes...
IV Anniversary
América Latina Genera

We are approaching the day and we want you to join our celebration

Tell us with pictures, words, music or videos: Why did you choose to be part of América Latina Genera?

You can do it through social networks or sending an e-mail to: [email protected]

Michelle Bachelet at the head of UN-Women: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet to head of the newly created entity for gender equality UN Women. The new body merges four UN agencies and offices that had been working on the issue of gender equality. The annual budget of UN Women will be approximately 500 million dollars, mostly from voluntary contributions. Un Women will be present in 80 countries. Watch web transmission by Internet Webcast

SEM LAC special issue on gender and communication download here

Third Edition of the School of Feminist Thought Unas y Otras October 4, 2010. In this edition the School will reflect on advances and setbacks fifteen years after the best-known Beijing Platform, trying to identify steps beyond Beijing +15. see website

UN campaign against rape in Haiti Women's organizations denounce ongoing attacks on women and girls in the camps. The UN launched a campaign to combat rape in camps sheltering earthquake victims in Haiti.
Read article in Amecco Press

Guatemalan feminists claim women's access to electoral lists
In a statement, the Guatemalan women declared themselves in favor of the amendment of Article 212 of the Electoral and Political Parties Law to establish the equality of elected offices to men and women, indigenous and mestizo women, in proportion to the respective district, according to the latest population census data. .+ info

XXI Feminario: Secularism, Religion, Education and Culture on 5 and 6 November in Córdoba, Spain. Registration open until October 22 + info

Systematization of Jurisprudence: Gender and Education, including recommendations of governing bodies of the UN to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. + info

Femicide.Humanas Blog The murder of a woman by her intimate partner never was a simple murder. .+ info

7 ° LGBTI March - Paraguay 2 OCT in downtown Asuncion . see more

Women and Human Settlements New virtual portal to be launched on World Habitat Day, Monday October 4, 2010. The space was created by the Huairou Commission and UN-Habitat to promote information exchange and cooperation on human settlements, women's empowerment and gender equality. You can access the website here

Call for development cooperation projects. Board of Trustees Fundación Trabajo y Dignidad.Technical and economic formulation of projects can be submitted via email to: [email protected]
Documentation accompanying the project can be sent by certified mail. Deadline: October 30, 2010.

GMMP 2010Report.Global initiative that addresses the issue of gender in the media. Full results of the 2010 research were presented this month.It is worth mentioning the plan of action for media professionals and civil society committed to gender-ethical news media. see more

Examining concepts: Feminist Evaluation and Gender Approaches By Fabiola Amariles. Published in Women and Management. + info

Vacancy UNIFEM Andean Region.Gender Adviser for the components of UNIFEM in the Cultural Development and Diversity to reduce Poverty and promote Social Inclusion Programme. Deadline for application: October 6, 2010. Contact

Femicide. A quick guide for journalists by Manuela Ramos. Important document that will help realize that not all crimes against women are femicide. see more

Call for young people to make illustrations for a feministstorybook for children Youth Coordinator for Gender Equity. Until October 8, [email protected], or phone 2556432 or 084 356 006

Because I am a Girl:Digital and Urban Frontiers, by Patricia Carmona Hernández. Source CIMAC.  Plan International launched the fourth report on the situation of girls across the world, entitled... .+ info

“Gender Inequality and the MDGs: What are the Missing Dimensions?” In view of the MDG summit in New York, this paper sheds light on the bottlenecks that continue to hinder progress across all the MDG targets. Using the OECD Development Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), our research finds that the countries with the highest levels of discrimination against women are also those performing most poorly across the range of MDG targets. see more

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