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ECLAC Division for Gender Affairs participates in the 7th Meeting of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network for Gender Equality

13 December 2023|Briefing note

Ana Güezmes García, Chief of the Division of Gender Affairs of ECLAC, participated as a panelist in the session "Changing the paradigm: Recent advances in putting care on the agenda", organized on the framework of the 7th Meeting of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Staff Network for Gender Equality. Care policies in parliaments: Exchanging good practices in the Americas and the Caribbean, held virtually on December 13, 2023.

In the session, which examined strategies and shared experiences for the regulatory approach to care in national parliaments, the Chief of the Division of Gender Affairs shared the presentation "Changing the Paradigm: Advances and Regulatory Challenges Toward the Care Society", highlighting the importance of the proposal promoted by ECLAC for the advancement of the regional agenda.

In her intervention, the Chief referred to the contributions of the Regional Gender Agenda and commitments at the global and regional levels to achieve gender equality, highlighting the upcoming Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Mexico in 2025 with the theme “political, economic, social, cultural and environmental transformations as a means of advancing the care society and gender equality” (paragraph 8, Agreements of the sixty-fifth meeting of the Presiding Officers). "To move towards sustainable development with gender equality, the region needs to implement the Regional Gender Agenda, the 2030 Agenda, and to overcome structural challenges of inequality," she said.

Güezmes also presented the results of the study “Advances in care policies in Latin America and the Caribbean: towards a care society with gender equality”, prepared by ECLAC and UN-Women, highlighting the progress made by the countries in terms of regulations regarding policy, care services and regulation of care time, and, in particular, legislation on comprehensive care systems. Also, she noted that the Buenos Aires Commitment, adopted by the countries at the fifteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women (Buenos Aires, 2022), addresses the challenges of gender equality in the region and sets out the commitment to " Adopt regulatory frameworks that ensure the right to care through the implementation of comprehensive care policies and systems from a gender, intersectional, intercultural and human rights perspective, and include joined-up policies on time, resources, benefits and universal, good-quality public services in the territory; " (paragraph 9).

The session was moderated by Chantal La Roche, Parliamentary Legal Services Director, and was also attended by Alejandra Mora Mora, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM). During the meeting, the briefing document “Lactation and Daycare Facilities in Parliaments Good Practices in the Americas and the Caribbean”, prepared by the Parlamericas International Secretariat, was presented.

The ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE) promotes women’s political leadership and gender mainstreaming in the agendas and operations of the national legislatures of the Americas and the Caribbean.

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