The Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean is a subsidiary body of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and is the main regional intergovernmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality within the United Nations system. It is organized by ECLAC as Secretariat of the Conference and, since 2020, with the support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
It is convened periodically, at intervals of no more than three years, to identify the situation of women’s autonomy and rights at the regional and subregional levels, present public policies recommendations for gender equality, and conduct periodic assessments of the activities carried out in fulfilment of regional and international agreements.
The Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean is a long-standing subsidiary body of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with broad participation of the governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, and particularly women’s and feminist movements and organizations. ECLAC member States adopted the Regional Gender Agenda which constitutes a progressive, innovative, and forward-looking road map to guarantee the rights of women in all their diversity and to promote gender equality.