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26/04/2017 | Note for equality
Mainstreaming the gender perspective

Notes for Equality N°23: Women’s rights and autonomy at the center of Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Progressing towards SDG 5 involves implementing public policies to end discrimination and violence against women, recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work, ensuring women’s full and effective participation at all levels of decision-making, as well as universal access to sexual and reproductive health. To this end, laws must be approved to ensure women’s rights to economic and natural resources, the use of technology for empowerment should be enhanced, and policies for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels must be adopted.

The Regional Gender Agenda encompasses commitments made by the governments of the region on women’s rights and autonomy, and gender equality, at the sessions of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, during 40 years. This Agenda complements and deepens the SDG by urging, among other objectives, to promote care as a right, to construct parity democracies and economies that account for the unpaid work, and to guarantee the sexual and reproductive rights of people without discrimination. It is the platform that allows the governments from the region to analyze their progress and identify challenges and priorities to fulfill the 2030 Agenda.