The Committee of Experts – CEVI of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) held its 20th Meeting on November the 28th and 29th at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC.

At this meeting two new General Recommendations were presented: the General Recommendation on Afro-descendant women, which addresses the specific violence that affects them as a result of the interconnection of factors such as structural discrimination, racism, ethnic-racial and gender stereotypes, and the General Recommendation on the use of gender stereotypes that compromise the integrity of justice systems, with the aim of ensuring that women victims and survivors of violence can access effective justice on equal terms. CEVI reaffirmed its commitment to developing a Model Law to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women facilitated by technology, to guide OAS Member States to adapt regulatory frameworks and have public policies that offer greater protection to women. The XX Meeting also discussed the national reports of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Uruguay, with the aim of issuing specific recommendations to the states so that they continue to make progress in eradicating violence against women. CEVI member Leila Linhares Barsted took part in this meeting online.