On July 29th and 30th, the Inter-American Commission of Women, of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) and the National Institute of Women – INAMUR, held in Panama City the “25th Anniversary of Belém do Pará Convention.”

This Congress brought together members of the MESECVI Expert Committee, CEDAW President Hilary Gbedemah, and representatives of other international human rights bodies.

The opening of the Congress was attended by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Lemes; Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Carmen Moreno Toscano; Representative of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Margarette May Macaulay and UN Regional Director Women for Latin America and the Caribbean, María Noel Vaeza.

Leila Linhares Barsted, member of the MESECVI Committee of Experts, participated in this Congress, in the panel “Advancing Concepts, Dismantling Myths and Creating Bridges” and discussed issues related to the challenges of implementing the Convention of Belém do Pará.

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