Objective of the eleventh session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean
The eleventh session of the Regional Conference will examine the achievements made in gender equality and the challenges still facing the region in this regard, with a particular focus on women's autonomy and economic empowerment. The deliberations will be based on the assessment of the main advances and challenges concerning fulfilment of the commitments arising from the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and the regional conferences on women. The strategic questions proposed as a guide for the debate are:
1. What type of economic development and democracy are needed to achieve equality between men and women?
2. What kind of public policies are conducive to gender equality in the context of the growth and development models of the countries of the region?
What kind of State? What kind of equality? is the theme of the eleventh session of the Regional Conference. ECLAC will present a position document examining the achievements made in gender equality and the challenges still facing the Governments of the region in this regard, in light of the interplay between the State, the market and families -the three social institutions built up over time through policies, institutions, legislation, usage and custom, that together establish the conditions in which social and gender hierarchies are changed or perpetuated. What kind of State? What kind of equality? are the questions the document asks and attempts to answer from the perspective of women's human rights -the parameter set by the community of nations for driving and measuring progress towards gender equality.
High-level panel: What kind of State? What kind of equality?
Panel 1: Employment, family responsibilities and sociocultural obstacles to gender equality in the economy
Panel 2: Development policies and women's time
Panel 3: Women's economic empowerment: access to technologies and to productive and financial assets
Panel 4: With the crisis over, what's next?
Panel 5: Women's economic empowerment: the most vulnerable groups
Ad-hoc meeting on Haiti and Chile: (re)building equality
Ad hoc meeting on the role of machineries for the advance of women in economic policy