Intercontinental Alliance of Women´s Networks in Law and Development
  • Fostering feminist political- legal actions and just development across Latin America, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions
  • Fostering feminist political- legal actions and just development across Latin America, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions
  • Fostering feminist political- legal actions and just development across Latin America, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions
  • WILDAF

    WiLDAF/FeDDAF in West Africa just as at the regional level maintains an institutional presence at the sessions of the main regional and international sessions dealing with women's human rights. The goal is to represent, undertake supervision and advocacy on behalf of network members on issues which concern women in Africa.

    WiLDAF/FeDDAF in West Africa has a relatively large network of organisations and individuals in 10 countries ready to respond to the urgent appeals for solidarity and protest actions.

    Activities

    Advocacy before and during the session of:
    - The African commission of Human and Peoples' Rights: women’s human rights issues, adoption, ratification and implementation of the protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
    - the African Union: Gender mainstreaming in the African Union programs and sectors
    - The Commission on the Elimination of all forms of Discriminations Against Women

  • CLADEM

    The Latin America and the Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights (CLADEM ), as part of its plan, is carrying out actions , monitoring policies, and proposing laws in an effort to influence regional and international forums regarding the fulfillment of the rights of women to live free from violence and get access to justice in the Latin America and the Caribbean regions.


    The institution has conducted  studies , collected testimonials and diagnoses of national experiences in 15 countries , which analyze the situation of women from different social backgrounds and women from populated  urban areas , indigenous women and those of African descent. 
    With these findings we can say that violence against women is part of the social problems involving the areas of public health and human rights violations. Violence against women is a barrier to economic development and this situation  affects thousands of women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Although many of these countries have advanced in drafting  strong laws , the existing violence is  pandemic and persistent, spreading its effects  in certain regions even combined with more violence .


    In our partner countries , the existing legislation is not the same because there are countries that have taken important steps forward with the promulgation of important legislation such as Mexico , Colombia , Argentina , while other countries such as Honduras, do not have a legal system to protect women from 
    violence in all its forms even at this point in 2014
     

    COUNTRY

    LAW ON DOMESTIC/INTRAFAMILY/ VIOLENCE YEAR

    COMPREHENSIVE LAW ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN /YEAR [1]

    YEAR

    Argentina



    1994



    2009

    Bolivia



    1995



    2012

    Colombia 



    1996



    2008

    El Salvador 



    1996



    2011

    Guatemala



    1996



    2008

    Honduras 



    1997





    México



    1996



    2007

    Nicaragua 

    ----





    2012

    Panamá 



    1995



    2013

    Paraguay



    2000





    Perú



    1993





    Rep Dominicana



    1997



    2007

    Uruguay 



    2002



     
     
    SOURCE: ONU    ELABORATION: CLADEM
     
     
    CLADEM believes that violence is a historical and structural issue that is perpetuated by the lack of  implementation of policies and effective legislation..

    In this society  sexual difference means inequality at all levels , always to the detriment of women, and where in cases of any attempt to weaken the existing hierarchical structure and to lose forms of   control , there have been appearing other forms of violence , which coexist with existing  patriarchal forms of violence that are legitimized by the society and reinforced by the capitalist economy and the political systems .


    Gender violence continues to be expressed in different forms and spaces , in times of armed conflict, wars, dictatorships , perpetrated by various actors against women of all conditions and identities, migrant, indigenous, Afro , lesbian , transgender , poor, 
    youth , older adults , children , rural or urban , disabled , in prison or in detention , refugees , displaced , in all these cases we women are considered as objects and not as subjects of law, as object for exhibition, bought and sold, to humiliate or degrade.


    In relation to this reality, what is CLADEM doing ? We are
     currently running a project in relation to deepening strategies to enforce and achieve justiciability of the right of women to live free from violence and get access to justice in Latin America and the Caribbean
    - CLADEM litigates at international and national levels on specific cases of violence
    - CLADEM monitors  conventions that recommend measures against cases of violation of the right to a life free of violence
    - Conducts training activities with grassroots women , operators and operators of justice or with those associated with the network regarding  sensitization and analysis of cases of violence against women
    - Organizes workshops associated with the network to build new arguments, interpretations and analysis that can generate an impact on  the present situation.


    Violence against women has become a problem in the region , which now has become pandemic, and therefore it is essential that women become informed about the obligations and responsibilities of States to prevent, punish and 
    eradicate it in the context of commitments made ​​and ratified in their national laws, according to international standards of protection in order to  guarantee the  human rights of all women .


    (1) The laws have different names in every country.

    [2] Database of the General Secretariat on Violence against Women.