A workshop was organised in Buenos Aires as part of the CELAC-EU fight against gender violence, with an emphasis on prevention and educating boys
“The importance of working on gender-related topics when educating boys involves a commitment that must be renewed from the individual to the group level, from the private to the public level and from the national to the global level”, said Argentinian Chancellor Jorge Faurie in the closing ceremony of the international workshop on the prevention of gender violence, one of the joint activities between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU).
The workshop was planned by the Republic of Argentina, as the country coordinating the CELAC-EU Gender Chapter, the European Union through its Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid / European Commission), the Chilean Ministry of Women and the EUROsociAL+ programme which, in one of its areas, promotes public policies for equality between men and women, as noted by its coordinator, Dominique de Suremain, in her presentation.
The workshop, which emphasised prevention policies and education for boys, was attended by more than 130 representatives of public institutions in both regions that are very active in socialising their educational work with boys, such as Finland, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Paraguay, from international institutions like UN Women, CEPAL, UNPD and the OEA Inter-American Commission of Women, and from civil society, who discussed and exchanged experiences over two days in the Palacio San Martín in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
The director for Human Development and Peace of EuropeAid, Jean-Louis Ville, emphasised that “countries should draw up their public budgets with gender awareness. At the Parliamentary level, for example, this is something that should be discussed and it is also necessary to push those who work as ministers of finance into taking this into consideration”.
The talks on gender-related issues started following the 2013 meeting when the CELAC – EU Summit of Heads of State and Government was held, where it was decided to set up talks on gender-related issues, with the aim of “strengthening gender equality, democracy and promoting fairer and more equal societies”. The goal proposed at this Summit was “to strengthen gender equality, democracy and promote fairer and more equal societies”.