In September 2014, the Group of Women Parliamentarians, a permanent working group of ParlAmericas (a hemispheric organization composed of 35 national legislatures from North, Central and South America), held its 10th meeting in Santiago, Chile, under the theme of women’s healthcare. Much of the meeting focused on 20 years of implementation of the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
With a keynote address from International Planned Parenthood Federation – Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), the meeting culminated with a strong declaration of commitment on women’s healthcare in the Americas. The declaration recognizes the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development, adopted at the First Meeting of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the challenges remaining in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and the advancement of women’s health and rights, more broadly.
Specific issues committed to by the Group of Women Parliamentarians include: the establishment of policies on comprehensive education on gender and sexuality, the passing of legislation to end gender-based violence, to engage in open dialogue on legal frameworks related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and the allocation of budgetary resources to increase young people and adolescents’ access to sexual and reproductive health services.