Comite De America Latina Y El Caribe Para La Defensa De Los Derechos De La Mujer

Objectives and Mission: 

Bring together persons and organizations that work in the defence of women’s rights, from the juridical/social perspective, with the object of designing joint strategies for regional actions. Its aims are to deepen the knowledge and exchange of experiences; consolidate solidarity bonds among women at all levels; develop immediate response mechanisms vis-à-vis emergency situations; fight for the political participation of women; and develop an alternative concept of the law to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

General description: 

The Committee edits information material, organizes campaigns, conferences, workshops and congresses, disseminates reports through the mass media and cooperates with organizations that pursue similar goals. It trains women lawyers in human and women’s rights, monitors governments’ commitment to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and conducts international litigation in relation to women’s rights. CLADEM also produces national and regional reports related to women’s rights and has published such reports on women’s and girl’s situation in armed conflicts (in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru) and is currently carrying out a regional campaign for the implementation of the MDG on gender equality in Latin America and the Spanish speaking Caribbean, using the law as a tool for social change.

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Field of Interest: 
Human rights, Women