Lima’s mayor to attend OAS women’s leadership forum



Lima's mayor to attend OAS women's leadership forum
Villarán, the first woman to become a mayor of Lima, will attend the forum organized by the OAS. (Photo: Reuters)

Lima’s mayor, Susana Villarán, will attend the First Hemispheric Forum on "Women’s Leadership for Citizens’ Democracy” from April 4 to 6 at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington DC.

The forum, held by the OAS and jointly with UN Women and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), will feature the participation of senior political leaders and academics from different countries of the hemisphere. The objective is to discuss and exchange women’s visions, experiences, and "aspirations in the construction process of a citizen democracy with full equality for men and women."

The opening ceremony will include speeches by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and the President of the CIM, Rocío García Gaytán. The Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and the Secretary General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat, Enrique Iglesias, will send video messages.

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, will present a lecture on the challenges to women’s equality in democratic systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In addition to Villarán, other leaders invited to participate in the three-day event include the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; the Minister of the Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica, Antillón Mayi; the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay; and the Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition of Saint Lucia, Kenny D. Anthony.

The topics to be discussed at the forum include: the current situation of women’s human rights and related challenges; evaluating the exercise of those rights and monitoring at the hemispheric level; perspectives on democracy and women’s political citizenship; and citizenship rights and the new state for an inclusive and plural democracy.

The Hemispheric Forum will follow up on commitments adopted by Member States of the OAS and the UN through regional and international agreements involving the civil and political rights of women.