UN Women Brazil and Southern Cone starts national consultations on the overall planning of the new entity

23 February, 2011 - The UN Women Brazil and Southern Cone starts this Wednesday (23 / 2) the consultation period for national survey of suggestions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay for the first overall planning of  the UN Women. The consultations are part of the national strategy of UN Women to maintain a constant dialogue with society, making more efficient their work in line with the reality of the countries where it operates. 
In the Southern Cone, the process is being conducted by UN representative Women Brazil and Southern Cone, Rebecca Tavares, and is open to the participation of women, men, civil society organizations, governments, businesses and international cooperation agencies. The debate is centered on five global priorities of the UN Women: elimination of violence against women, leadership and political participation, economic empowerment, peace and security, and planning and national budgets. 
"The UN Women is an achievement of women and gender equality poses in the foreground of discussions. In addition to celebrate this historic moment, we listen to society and different sectors to bring the discussion on the first strategic plan of the new United Nations agency, "explained the representative of the UN Women Brazil and Southern Cone. 
Consultation countries
The consultation period in the Southern Cone opens today (23/2) in Brasília, during the general meeting of representatives of the United Nations system in Brazil. On Thursday (24/2) will be held in Brasilia a meeting with civil society organizations and government representatives. On the 28/2 and 1/3 will be the turn of Uruguay, with meetings concentrated in Montevideo, on 2 and 3/3 the debate will take place in Argentina, with audiences in Buenos Aires, and on 4 / 3 in Paraguay, with dialogues in Asuncion. 
The round of national consultation closes on 5 and 7/3 in Santiago, Chile. Those interested in participating in the meetings should contact the coordination office, country or send email to onumulheres.conesul@unwomen.org messages (in Portuguese) or onumujeres.conosur@unwomen.org (messages in Spanish). 
From February 23 to March 7, these boxes will be receiving e-mail suggestions. Join with your opinion also on the social networks of the UN Women in Latin America: www.facebook.com/onumujeres and www.twitter.com/onumujeres. 
UN Women
The UN Women - UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women was established in July 2010 by the UN General Assembly. Started its operation on 1 January 2011, under the leadership of the Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet. It is the result of reforms for the UN to ensure more resources and mandates for greater impact. The UN mission is to accelerate women's progress and meeting the demands of women and girls around the world. 
In the Southern Cone, the UN Women operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. In the sub-region, the organization develops programs to promote gender equality, race and ethnicity; elimination of violence against women, governance, gender-sensitive budget, and strengthening the leadership of young women. The UN Women Brazil and Southern Cone provides technical and financial assistance to governments, women's organizations, feminists, and the third sector, enterprises and international cooperation.

Fonte: Asesoría de Comunicación ONU Mujeres

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