December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

ParlAmericas' Technical Secretariat will be closed from December 23 to January 2.
December 15, 2011

Latest Plenary Assembly Report Available

Participants will receive a hard copy of the 8th Plenary Assembly report shortly.

December 2011

IACHR Presents Report on Access to Justice for Women Victims of Sexual Violence in Mesoamerica

Read the full report.

November 29, 2011

Canadian Section of ParlAmericas: Rebranding Launch

There was a great turnout at yesterday’s rebranding launch event at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada!

November 25, 2011

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25 was declared the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the first Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean (Bogota, Colombia, July 1981). At that gathering, women denounced gender violence in the form of domestic battery, rape and sexual harassment, as well as state violence including torture and abuses of women political prisoners. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa), three political activists who were assassinated by the secret police on November 25, 1960, during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.

In 1999 the UN General Assembly designated this date as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and invited Governments, international organizations and NGOs to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.

ParlAmericas joins on this date to say IT'S ENOUGH. Let's eliminate all forms of psychological, physical and sexual violence, child maltreatment and women trafficking and slavery.

Let's come together in a hemispheric battle to fight violence against women.

Linda Machuca Moscoso

President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians 
Member of the Assembly of Ecuador

November 20, 2011

Global Young Parliamentarians’ Dialogue on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Issues

The President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians of ParlAmericas attended the Global Young Parliamentarians’ Dialogue held in Krabi, Thailand, November 16-17. This forum was organized by the UN and sought the participation of the Americas through a young woman parliamentarian interested in migration and women issues.

About 40 parliamentarians from all over the world attended this event. Linda Machuca delivered her keynote speech as part of a round table called “Examples of how population policies have guided investments,” where she represented Latin America, together with parliamentarians from Africa, Asia-Indonesia, and Europe.

November 13, 2011

Canadian Section of ParlAmericas Conducts Bilateral Visit to the National Assembly of Venezuela (Caracas, November 14-17, 2011)

Read the report.

November 1, 2011

Senator Hervieux-Payette Recognized for her Contribution to Women's Development

This October 26, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette received "The World of Difference 100 Award" granted by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW).  The ceremony took place at the Canadian embassy in Washington DC. Once a year, this institution rewards 100 women from all over the world for their contribution to the economic empowerment of women at the international, regional, or local level.

FIPA-ParlAmericas, an institution to which she has made a significant contribution - and more specifically, the Group of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas as part of this organization - of which she was the first female President, is pleased to congratulate her on this deservedly received tribute.

This award recognizes her legislative career, characterized by her struggle in favour of women.

We wish to congratulate Senator Hervieux-Payette and acknowledge her as a source of inspiration and a role model for acting women parliamentarians.

Linda Machuca Moscoso

President of the Group of Women Parliamentarians 
Member of the National Assembly of Ecuador

For additional information, see the original press release.

October 2011

NDI Presents Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties Report

September 2011

World Bank presents World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development

May 14, 2011

Observers at Parliamentary Centre's Workshop Strengthening the Role of Parliamentarians in Citizen Security Issues in Central America

ParlAmericas delegation: Randy Hoback, President, and Gina Hill, Director General