February Newsletter / 2012

Bolivian women
The raid and participation in the political sphere, the existing patriarchate in the political parties, and the role of women's organizations in this stage of Evo Morales Government, are some of the issues to which representatives of civil society are responding.

The violence has press

Analysis of media coverage of the violence against women in the print media in Latin America.

This publication presents the results of a regional work of the Regional Observatory "Women in the media", in the framework of the project "Monitoring for empowerment: the rights of women in the courts and the media".

Knowledge form the south
Knowledge from the South is the regional South-South Cooperation (SSC) fair that will bring together the cooperation offices and agencies of Latin American and the Caribbean countries and the South-South Cooperation experiences developed by the countries of the region. This event will be an opportunity for countries to share policies and mechanisms used to implement successful SSC processes and their experiences, achievements and challenges. In addition, it will be a space conducive to the promotion of future SSC exchanges between the Cooperation Offices and Agencies and the technical teams in the region. Knowledge from the South will be held from May 8 to 10, 2012 in the City of Knowledge Convention Center in Panama City. Deadline for submission of experiences on March 2.

Women’s Empowerment Principles
A set of principles on how to empower women in the workplace, market and community

Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, treat all women and men fairly at work, respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers. Promote education, training and professional development for women. Implement business development, and public information on Gender equality. These are some of the principles raised by the document.

Educating us ONLINE
The first course that is taught in this new platform will be on gender-based violence and media violence: why women are safer in the street than at home? What do media have to do with femicide? with Sandra Chaher. The courses in the coming months:
- Gender and ICTs, by Lila Pagola.
– Masculinities, by Hugo Huberman
– Femicides, by Gabriela Barcaglioni.
-Feminism and literature, by Tania Diz.
-Gender and politics, by María Alicia Gutiérrez and Josefina Fernández.

Haitian women after the earthquake
Violations of girls up to 2 years and prostitution in exchange for shelter and food have shot up after the disaster happened two years ago.

Collaboration South South
It's about sharing experiences and knowledge that enrich, inspire and fire the imagination of all those people and organizations that in Africa and Latin America are working for Governance and Democracy and aim the development of their communities. For more information: Juana Marulanda - [email protected] Gladys Riaño - [email protected]

Gender equality and Development

World Human Development Report 2011

This year's World Bank Human Development Report focuses on the link between Gender Equality and Development: it argues that gender equality is a core development objective in its own right and a profitable strategy. The Report focuses on four priority areas for policy going forward:
(i) reducing excess female mortality and closing education gaps where they remain,
(ii) improving access to economic opportunities for women
(iii) increasing women's voice and agency in the household and in society and
(iv) limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations.

Inclusive gender policies of men

Reflections from a survey on Images and review of policies in Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

Dissemination of pronouncements and interviews

The Observatory of Gender has opened a specific section for the dissemination of pronouncements and interviews with women leaders and authorities in order to promoting the dissemination and positioning of their voices, perspectives and priority agendas with regard to the political context of their country. The observatory aims to create a space of contraposition/balance to the frequent invisibility of women, their careers and contributions in the public sphere. Towards a more inclusive reality, our voices are our power.

Training module
Violence against women
It’s an online module to work with the security sector to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. The module provides basic information on key points, including the available evidence about what works (esta frase tiene poco sentido..),as well as guidance on how to plan and design, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives dealing with the police and the military to respond to violence against women and girls. It also offers a large number of references and tools, as well as case studies.


In América Latina Genera

Transforming Policies

We present our catalog of products of Transforming Policies

The products of our line of work are oriented towards greater presence of women in politics, and public policies that reduce gender inequalities and transform the realities of Latin American societies.

New publications in our Library
What to do and how to obtain evidence
Prevention of sexual violence and intimate partner violence against women
This paper seeks to contribute to policy-makers and planners sufficient information to develop programs based on scientific evidence, designed to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women.


From the Gender Practice Area


Women, Time and Poverty: Why Women’s Lack of Time Must Be Factored into Poverty Measurements and Policies?

This project, that is being implemented by the Levy Institute of Bard College and supported by UNDP’s Regional Centre in Panama (under the leadership of the Gender and Poverty Practice Area) through UNDP-SPAIN Trust , provide an alternative measurement to the official income-poverty threshold: one that integrates household production time requirements with income requirements (LIM-TIP: the Levy Institute Measure of Time-Income Poverty).

Another goal of this project is to provide a useful methodology and a tool: the (im)-mobility Transition Matrix, for simulating the potential of poverty reduction initiatives on households’ ability to transition out of poverty. In addition it rests with the exploration of differentiated hardships poverty of time imposes (especially when coupled with income-poverty) on individuals, not only households.

In February the key findings of the project and case studies from Mexico, Argentina and Chile had been presented by Rania Antonopoulos and Ajit Zacharias of the Levy Institute of Bard College and the session was chaired by Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator.

Women strategies: Towards Rio +20

Conference of United Nations on Sustainable Development

Newsletter Association of Brazilian Women

“(...) the climate problem cannot be solved with market solutions, but through questioning the development model that generated it”.

It contains information about Climate Change , the COP17, the People’s Summit and the Thematic Social Forum in Porto Alegre.

Thematic Social Forum - Porto Alegre

Women strategies of Rio +20 is the title of the thematic Social Forum held the last January 27-28, 2012 in Porto Alegre. This space counted with the participation of women from Brazil and 4 different continents, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The video “Fêmea Planeta” was projected, showing the success of the participation of women in the ECO92.

Electoral Communication Challenges for Indigenous People

After the First Regional Meeting of the RCEI (Indigenous electoral Communicators Network) held last October in Quito, the attention turns to the second meeting of the RCEI to be held in the coming months, probably in Santa Cruz, Bolivia .

In this second network meeting the objectives of the Declaration of Quito will be reviewed, and some specific cases of intercultural communication against electoral and gender violence in Latin America and the Caribbean will be presented.

Also, the outline of a practical guide for indigenous electoral communicators that emerged from the last meeting and alignment tools like, internet, videos, social networks and others will be validated.

See also Gender and Political Violence 2011 ( en inglés)

Special Newsletter

Special Newsletter on the UN Secretary General Campaign: Latin America UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Available in English y Spanish.


Four strategies for effective poverty reduction.

How to make Conditional Transfer Programs in the region effectively contribute to gender equality?

The UNDP Gender Practice Area presented a new document on Gender Equality and Conditional Cash Transfers

The Conditional Cash Transfer Programs, which have positive socio-economic results, should also promote gender equality in which, explicitly or implicitly, are based.

This document explains the benefits of integrating a gender perspective in Conditional Transfers Programs, and it presents four strategies for effective poverty reduction, that while intervening in the minimum levels of household income can also reduce inequality.

Gender equality is presented as a necessary condition to fulfill the primary purpose of these programs which focus on the interruption of the intergenerational reproduction of poverty. This document provides a roadmap for gender mainstreaming in the conditional cash transfer programs.

*The conditional cash transfer programs involve regular cash transfers targeted to households living in poverty, provided that they comply with one or more predefined conditions by the program with respect to investment in human capital of boys and girls in order to interrupt the intergenerational poverty reproduction.

Gender Equality in the Workplace

After the success of the Spanish version of the Manual on How to make progress with a Certification Programme for Gender Equality Management Systems, and with the support of the Bureau of Development Policies of UNDP, we present the English version of the Manual that can be used in the English-speaking Caribbean countries and globally.

This Manual explains, step by step, how to design, implement and evaluate a Certification Programme for Gender Equality Management Systems, aimed at public and private companies. The potential recipients of this tool are the entities in charge of national gender equality mechanisms and any public organization interested in promoting Gender Equality Management Systems and companies looking for information on this type of initiative.

This year the Commission on the Statusof Women is being held from February 27 to March 9. The main panels which will take place this year in the CSW are focused on the empowerment of rural women. We stress also the holding of the High-Level Panel on rural women, poverty, crisis and rights.

Main Panels:

P1: The economic empowerment of rural women

P2: The role of gender responsive and government institutions for the empowerment of rural women

P3: National experiences on implementation of commitments on financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

P4: Progress in financing for gender equality from the perspective of international organizations and multilateral development partners

P5: Involving young women and men, girls and boys, to promote gender equality.

Related news

Pre-registered NGOs: Download the notices with important information about the session. Registration to the CSW56 UN Headquarters in New York

Side events
- First week, 27 February - 2 March
- Second week, 5-9 March

Online registration for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to make oral statements:

1) During the general debate in CSW56l: registration form
2) During the interactive specialists panels in CSW 56: Choose the panel





The deadline for applications is February 17, 2012 for both types of interventions.



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