Project profile — Women's Empowerment Task Force for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Women's Empowerment Task Force for Latin America and the Caribbean - Overview
OAS - Organization of American States (XM-DAC-47079)
2018-08-09 - 2022-12-31
Country / region • West Indies, regional (30.00%)
• South America, regional (36.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (34.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Legislatures and political parties (15152) (20.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Human rights (15160) (40.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to increase women’s political representation and participation in public decision-making throughout the Americas and the Caribbean and to reduce the gender gap in leadership through increased engagement and coordination of Inter-American and United Nations institutions, regional women's organizations and member States. The Task Force aims to strengthen collaboration between partners’ institutional efforts; fill key policy and programming gaps through evidence-based collaboration; and amplify existing initiatives to make them more accessible to marginalized women. It is a collaborative initiative between the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Pan American Health Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Women, UNDP, ParlAmericas, and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. CLADEM and CIWIL, two sub-regional women’s rights organizations, also joined the Task Force shortly after it was launched to include direct representation of civil society organizations. The beneficiaries of this project include the stakeholders participating in the Task Force activities, such as representatives from member states, women’s rights organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector. Indirect beneficiaries include women who participate in leadership projects generated because of the work of the Task Force.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved coordination of key stakeholders* on efforts to increase women and girl's empowerment and rights in the Americas (*Inter-American and UN institutions, member states, civil society and women's organizations); and (2) increased engagement of Inter-American and UN institutions on increasing women's participation in public decision-making in the Americas.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) a series of podcasts to learn about the different experiences and perspectives on women’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) a social media strategy highlighting the contributions of women leaders, calling for action to foster the participation of women in decision-making; (3) 25 testimonies/stories on women leading social initiatives and their responses on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic; (4) 9 statements reinforcing the commitment to leadership and empowerment of women by representatives of the highest level of the Task Force partner institutions; and (5) several high-level panels in international fora including the Commission on Status on Women and the 2021 Ibero-American Leaders Summit, showcasing the experiences of women in positions of leadership in the Americas.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $117,852
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Women's Empowerment Task Force for Latin America and the Caribbean - Related information
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Partner website — OAS - Organization of American States
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas
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