Latin America and the Caribbean

COLOMBIA: Binging Women's Voices and Rights into Development and Peace-Building Local Agendas

Proposed Outcomes: Help place the issue of gender equality and the human rights of women on the public development agenda in the department of Narino. Build capacities of women's organizations to influence local development agendas. Build capacities of local public institutions to design and implement gender sensitive development plans and policies.

Reported Results: The plan for the Desarrollo Department de Narino and the budget included activities to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. Strengthened the enterprise of women's organizations in Narino. Conducted a document analysis on ways of integrating women in the productive chains. Offered support to productive projects led by women. Built alliances among women's organizations in Narino. Systematized and disseminated the experience within the major stakeholders through the presentation of achievements and progress. Encouraged interagency coordination with governments and civil society. Defined government priority actions to be developed in the field of gender. Established an agreement of wills between the government and the UNDP Gender project, the convention Networks UNDP-UNIFEM and UNDP MDGs. Designed a Training School for Women and formulated and revised 8 thematic modules and the publication process.

CUBA: Enhancing Gender Visibility in Caribbean Climate Risk Management

Proposed Outcomes: Conduct assessments of national risk management systems in Jamaica, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Dominica, and Belize. Conduct three case studies on climate change adaptation in the Caribbean region with a gender perspective in Jamaica, Suriname, and Guyana.

Reported Results: Completed gender assessments and case studies. Translated research analysis and conclusions for both the assessments and the case studies into Spanish and French. Results will be published in CD and print format as well as made available on the CRMI website. Strengthened regional networks in order to promote a gender perspective in risk management. Formed  a multi-stakeholder Gender Advisory Committee (GAC) to guide the research process. Presented research findings at the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Conference (December 2008), the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Conference (May 2009), and the CARIWIN Workshop (January 200). Events such as these afforded the project findings high visibility and extensive exposure to experts and key actors in the field. Held a Professional Development Workshop on gender and disaster management in conjunction with the CDERA CDM conference, involving participation of over 15 disaster management offices in the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean. Mobilized enormous interest and support for future projects in Guyana (additional research is already underway) and UNIFEM is proposing a follow-up project in Barbados.

MEXICO: Strengthening the Capacities for the Implementation of the National Laws on Gender Equality and Non Violence Against Women in Mexico

Proposed Outcomes: Strengthen the institution's capacities to implement the General Law for Equality between Women and Men (August 2006) and the General Law of Women's Access to a Life Free of Violence (February 2007).

Reported Results: Developed framework proposals of the implementation guides of both laws for the Health and Education Sectors. Completed proposals for the conceptual, juridical, normative and administrative guidelines for the legislative harmonization for the states of Geurrero, State of Mexico, and Zacatecas. Developed the preliminary version of the Communication Strategy. Prepared a document diagnosing institutional, human, and programmatic capacities. Strengthened accountable and responsive governing institutions by creating working networks that integrate different areas in the health and education institutions (human resources, finances, juridical, communication and planning, among others), clarify the roles of the various inter-institutional partners in responding to the challenge of harmonization, and strengthen the gender units. Responded to the recommendations made to Mexico by the CEDAW Committee on its 36 session (2006) in proposals for the conceptual, juridical, normative and administrative guidelines for the legislative harmonization for the states of Guerrero, State of Mexico and Zacatecas. Interest expressed by other counterparts to join the project, including: the State of Chiapas for legislative harmonization and the secretariat of the Interior in order to develop a communications strategy. States participating in the project decided to continue working with UNDP and during the renewal of the Collaboration Agreements decided to grant more resources to extend the project to the end of 2009. In total, mobilized USD $615, 544 in additional resources, thus indicating that the original funds received from the GTTF functioned as an excellent seed capital.