CIM Bulletin July 2022
CIM Bulletin
July 2022
Second Edition of the OAS Course for Women Electoral Candidates in Peru
"Miguelina Acosta Cardenas"


The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM/OAS) and the School of Governance (SoG/OAS) of the OAS, held the second edition of the Course for Women Electoral Candidates in Peru, "Miguelina Acosta Cardenas," organized with the National Jury of Elections (JNE) and other international and local organizations, in preparation for the Regional and Municipal Elections 2022.
From July 12th to 19th, more than 150 women candidates received concrete tools to lead an electoral campaign with a gender perspective and deepened their skills in electoral strategy. This edition was delivered in a hybrid way, combining a face-to-face modality in the city of Lima and a virtual one.
Opening event available here. (Available in Spanish) 
CIM Strengthens the Regional Women's Agenda on the Road to the 52nd OAS General Assembly

During her mission to Peru, the Executive Secretary of the CIM, Alejandra Mora Mora, held several meetings to deepen various lines of work. 
In this regard, she met with the Director General of Multilateral Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, with the Director of Social Affairs, as well as with the team in charge of gender mainstreaming in the institution. The meeting addressed ways to position the women's agenda in the work of the 52nd OAS General Assembly to be held in Lima, Peru, from October 5th to 7th of this year.
In addition, a road map was discussed for technical support to the processes of promoting equality within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and promoting women's leadership in decision-making positions.
Executive Secretary Strengthens Ties with Women's and Feminist Organizations in Peru

In the framework of her visit to Peru, and with a view to deepening dialogue and ties with civil society, Alejandra Mora Mora met with women's and feminist organizations to exchange work priorities and lines of action within their national agenda.
The Secretary was accompanied by the President of the Committee of Experts of MESECVI, Marcela Huaita; and the meeting was attended by Nadia Ramos of the Women's Leadership Center of the Americas; Melissa Sánchez of Catholics for a Free Choice; Susana Chávez, representative of Promsex; Liz Meléndez of Flora Tristan; Jennie Dador, National Human Rights Coordinator; and Ana Lucía Mosquera of Digital Feminist and Afro-Peruvian activist.


MESECVI promotes the launching of the Inter-American Network of Gender Liaisons from the Judicial Branches

On July 7th and 8th, representatives of the judiciaries of Latin America and the Caribbean met in Mexico City to lay the groundwork for the creation of the Inter-American Network of Gender Liaisons of Judiciaries, whose priority will be to improve access to justice for women victims of violence.

This meeting took place within the framework of the event "Weaving Networks for Justice with a Gender Perspective," organized by the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico in partnership with the Follow-up Mechanism for the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), and the Permanent Commission on Gender and Access to Justice of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit.

A Strategic Plan for Women in the Region 

On July 13th, the eighth Extraordinary Assembly of Delegates of the CIM was held virtually, presided over by the Minister and President of the CIM, María Inés Castillo.
During the meeting, the Strategic Work Plan for 2022-2026 was approved by acclamation, which focuses on:  Political rights, economic rights, gender mainstreaming and security. It also includes new areas of work for the Commission: sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, climate change with a gender perspective, among others.
The President of the Commission pointed out the importance of jointly strengthening the positioning of the CIM, which was shared by all the delegates of the Assembly. The Executive Secretary of the CIM pointed out the importance of having a strategic plan that broadens the outlook, diversifying themes and strategies for accompanying the countries.
During this Extraordinary Assembly, the Steering Committee was completed, with the appointment of Honduras as a member, completing the Committee’s conformation for the 2022-2025 period.

Care and Intersectionality: Strengthening Costa Rica's Gender Agenda 

On July 19th, Alejandra Mora, on a mission to Costa Rica, participated in the event "Reflection: how to propose a political agenda for women," organized by the National Union of Local Governments, where she presented concrete tools and good practices in the area of care for local governments, with a focus on women's economic autonomy.
As part of this trip, she met with the Association of Women with Disabilities of Costa Rica and offered CIM's support for the development of their national agenda and in the drafting of an international agenda that takes into account their specific needs and demands.

Presentation of CIM/MESECVI Results to the CJPA

In the framework of the regular meeting of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CJPA) of the OAS, Alejandra Mora Mora presented the results of the work of the CIM within the mandates granted during the 51st OAS General Assembly to the Permanent Missions. In this regard, she emphasized the recommendations and actions carried out, in conjunction with the OAS Member States, to achieve the SDGs through the following areas: political rights and leadership, economic rights, peace and security. 
She mentioned the achievements in gender mainstreaming and put on the agenda a new challenge for the CIM: to incorporate sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as a new focus of the Commission's work.
She concluded her intervention by describing what the MESECVI has done to generate data and indicators to monitor the implementation of the Convention of Belém do Pará.

Other Highlights of July 2022
CIM Recommendations
📰 Interview with Alejandra Mora with the newspaper La República: importance of the care economy and the need to strengthen the Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women.
"Vital Looks for Women" Campaign: A space for reflection with women activists, academics and politicians. Organized between CIM and the Summits of the Americas Secretariat.
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