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Specialized course on the instruments of protection for women’s rights

San José, Costa Rica. On September26 and 27, a specialized course on “The Use ofInter-American System Instruments for Defending Women’s Rights and Legal Argumentation for their Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean” was held in the Inter-American Classroom, with the assistance of femalelitigation lawyersfrom across Central America.

Organizedby the IIHR and financed by DANIDA, the event was opened byJuan Navarrete, IIHR Deputy Director for Central America; Rose Mary Madden Arias, Head of the IIHR Women’s Rights Program and Academic Director of the course; and Roxana Arroyo. Speakers includedfeminist lawyers Roxana Arroyo, Martha Solano and Katerine Romero, who were joined by Julie Recinos andLuisa Castillo, lawyer and internwith the Inter-American Court; and, Alejandra Nuño, CEJIL Director.

The course focused onthe human rights principles and conventions that protect the rights of women. It alsodrew attention to discriminatory legislation in our countries, reconceptualizing equality and raising deconstructivelegal arguments.

Students returned to their countries with tools to influence the law, in addition to advice on how to intelligently and strategically use all the tools of the IHRS, in order to make the most of the inter-relationship between the rapporteurs of the system, to collect strategic documentation for emerging issues (suchas indigneous women in Guatemala) or those that are ongoing (Nicaragua) and to present cases to the IHRS, for example.

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Start date 26/09/2012 11:00:00


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