• Thursday, October 23, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Employment and Women’s Political Participation, IPS MDG3 Seminar in Peru

    seguridad-alimentaria-43-200x3001IPS América Latina will hold its first seminar about the Third Millennium Development Goal, on November 26-28 in Lima, Peru. The seminar is about “Equidad de género, objetivo esencial del milenio – igualdad laboral y participación política, dos de sus prioridades” (Gender Equality, a key goal of the Millennium – Job equality and political participation, two priorities).

    Calandria and Cladem NGOs, both partners of IPS MDG3 project, will co-organise the meeting, which also has the support of a key Peruvian women’s rights organization, the Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal (to support women in the informal economy), Demus, and the 9000-memberAsociación Nacional de Periodistas de Perú, which actively promotes gender perspective within  the media.

    In the opening session, the Minister of Women and Social Development Nidia Víchez will address achievements and shortcomings of Peru towards its own commitments on MDG3.

    The seminar will be held in the headquarters of the Secretaría General de la Comunidad Andina (CAN). Experts of the International Labour Organization,UNIFEM and CAN itself, as well as national specialists, will be keynote speakers.

    Communicators from traditional and non-traditional Peruvian media, as well as civil society organizations, will attend the event.banner-latam1

    The agenda is focused on two specific MDG3 priorities: equality and political participation, and their impact on promoting women’s rights, and especially with regard to Peruvian society.

    Among the main topics, women’s inequality in employment, feminization of migration in Peru and in the rest of Latin America, violence against women in public spaces and human trafficking as the 21st century form of slavery.

    Moreover, an overview of political participation in Peru and how to build a gender agenda in politics. Journalists will be offered tools to “look at themselves”, to examine media coverage of gender issues in Peru, and to learn how to include gender perspective in their coverage.

    During the meeting, Demus will launch its first Media Observatory in Peru and IPS will launch its Handbook on Gender and Employment.

    A field visit is also planned to a district on Lima’s outskirts, which managed to enhance the life of tens of families in one of the largest areas of the Peruvian capital, where small industries, and communities made up of migrants from the poorest provinces of the country, coexist.

    In Spanish

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