"Invest more money in women rights", feminists demand governments in the region

Mexico City, May 8, 2013 (SEMlac).- The lack of compliance of Latin American and Caribbean states toward their commitments to women's rights are not due to lack of economic resources as governments tend to say, says women's human rights expert, Susana Chiarotti Boera, but to the blindness to inequity between men and women.

“It is not lack of resources, but their distribution", say the Argentinean lawyer during the international seminar "Network advocacy: Challenges to State compliance with their Commitments to Women's Human Rights" organized by the Latin American Committee for the Defense of Women Rights (CLADEM, by its acronym in Spanish).

“The Latin American and Caribbean economies have been growing for years, but states use the budget as an excuse to avoid pending debts with women human rights", said Chiarotti about the international commitments from States that derive from recommendations, sentences and other legal mechanisms made by international organizations.

Even when some of the countries in the region had an economic growth above 5%, populations are still living under poverty line, as the States seem to be designed to administer poverty, said Chiarotti, who is part of CLADEM's Consultive Council and a former member of the Expert Committee for MESCEVI, a mechanism at the Organization of American States in charge for examining the Interamerican Convention to Prevent, Sanction and Eradicate Violence against Women.

According with data from the International Monetary Fund, in the first semester of 2012, Panama's National Gross Product (NGP) grew in 10%, Peru's in 7.7% while Chile, Bolivia and Colombia grew around 5 per cent.

CLADEM has brought to the table, through their Campaign "Pending debts of the states with women's human rights that" most of the heads of macroeconomic policy remain blind to the fact of ever growing disparity in Latin America and the Caribbean and that this situation is enhanced by social tension and the structural violence climate against women."

These pending debts are numerous and range from legislative reforms to achieving full formal equality to the implementation of policies to advance real equality in the access to economic resources, the right to a life free of violence, sexual and reproductive rights and, also, non sexist and non discriminatory education, among other issues for nearly 280 women in the region.

The fulfillment of commitments by governments at the international level requires of resource investment. Therefore, CLADEM call on states to raise their investment in education to revert gender inequality and invest in the improvement of health services, whose failures produce thousands of deaths every year, particularly those related to abortion, pregnancy and birth.

CLADEM is a feminist network that works to contribute towards the full enforcement of women’s rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, using the law as a tool of change. It possesses Category II Consulting Status before the United Nations since 1995 and is acknowledged to participate in the OAS activities since 2002.

The Seminar will end tomorrow, Friday 10, with a political declaration from 80 participants from six regional networks and 54 NGO.


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