UN Women recently joined the UNAIDS family in 2012. Mabel Bianco, NGO Delegate for Latin America and the Caribbean, was one several women’s representatives who recently met with the out-going Dr. Michelle Bachelet in New York ahead of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Press release (en español)
Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM)
On March 8th, Mabel Bianco and the group of women from Latin America and the Caribbean who attended to the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York met with UN Women Executive Director, Dr. Michelle Bachelet.
On March 15th Bachelet announced she is leaving UN Women. “Latin American and Caribbean women thanked Dr. Bachelet for hard and fruitful work. We will miss her in UN Women. We wish her all the success in Chile”, said Bianco.
In the meeting, Bianco expressed on behalf of the group the satisfaction of them for the constitution of the Regional Advisory Committee of Latin America and the Caribbean, pointing out that it was set up through a participative process of women’s organizations and UN Women. Afterwards, she expressed her interest in urgently constituting those committees at country level, especially to make contributions to strategic planning, which will be considered in the board on December 2013.
Moreover, the President of FEIM reported to Bachelet on the establishment of the Ad Hoc Regional NGO CSW Committee from Latin America and the Caribbean, which started acting this year by elaborating the regional document on violence against women and girls in which more than a hundred organizations from all over the region collaborated, and from which some proposals were included in UN Women zero draft.
In this regard, the group of women from LAC expressed their concern on the discussion of the Agreed Conclusion at CSW negotiations because some countries rejected the inclusion of basic aspects. Some of the women expressed to Dr. Bachelet the need to incorporate femicide as a vital problem of violence against women and girls, and that impunity and tolerance should end, as well as recognizing sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls, the increase of vulnerability to HIV of women victims of violence, and the need to incorporate violence suffered by women in especial conditions, such as sexual workers, trans, lesbians, disabled and others.
Dr. Bachelet shared the concern on the incorporation of these issues and some of the women present thanked her for clearly expressing this to the press.
Regarding UN Women, Bachelet reaffirmed the commitment to organize and strengthen the regional advisory committees and the countries’ committees, and asked for support to overcome the lack of resources they are facing. She explained how the organization’s structure was completed, which implies that now UN Women is able to fully work, pointing out the main lines in which she expects the organization can develop.
The meeting ended after almost an hour, and the commitment to collaborate was reaffirmed by both the LAC women’s organizations and UN Women.