Ministers of Women’s Affairs and authorities from mechanisms for women’s advancement in the region, in addition to other government officials, representatives of United Nations and intergovernmental organizations, academia and civil society – particularly women’s and feminist movements – will meet on October 11-12, 2023 to follow up on the commitments that countries have adopted on gender equality and women’s autonomy, and moving towards the care society.
The Sixty-fifth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean – which will take place using a hybrid format – is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), as Secretariat of the Conference, in coordination with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Currently, the Government of Argentina is chairing the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The meeting will be inaugurated on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT-3) by José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary; María-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women; and Ayelén Mazzina, Minister for Women, Gender and Diversity of Argentina.
At the 65th Meeting of the Presiding Officers, delegations will exchange viewpoints on the progress made to fulfill the Buenos Aires Commitment and on the issues to be addressed at the XVI Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held in Mexico in 2025.
In addition, a special session will take place for a regional consultation prior to the 68th session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the priority them of which is “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.” This is an opportunity to contribute – based on commitments to the Regional Gender Agenda and other regional agreements, and with the care society as the aspiration on the horizon – to global deliberations on achieving gender equality and women’s autonomy.
In addition, participants will report on progress regarding the Regional Fund in Support of Women’s and Feminist Organizations and Movements, and on the initiative for a biregional pact for care between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union (in line with the European Care Strategy approved by the European Union in September 2022), and the Buenos Aires Commitment adopted by ECLAC’s Member States in November 2022 during the XV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is a subsidiary body of ECLAC, is the UN’s main intergovernmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality in the region.
What: Sixty-fifth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
When: October 11-12, 2023.
Who: Women’s Affairs Ministers and senior representatives from mechanisms for women’s advancement in the region, from the United Nations System, international organizations, academia and from civil society organizations, particularly women’s and feminist movements.
Where: ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura).
Virtual connection via various platforms:
- Website: https://live.cepal.org/MDCRM/
- Official account on X: https://twitter.com/cepal_onu
- Official account on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cepal.onu
Follow the meeting with the hashtag #CareSociety.