On January 26 and 28, 2016, Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed to design a Strategy (also known as the Montevideo Strategy) for the implementation of the commitments assumed by the governments in the Regional Gender Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda approved in September 2015 on the occasion of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Regional Gender Agenda includes agreements on the instruments and means to advance towards the effective guarantee of the rights and autonomy of women under the principles of equality and non-discrimination, which are the basis for the construction of the following axes for implementation and action measures of the Montevideo Strategy:
1. Regulatory framework
4. Construction and strengthening of capacities
9. Information systems
10. Monitoring, evaluation, and accountability.
These ten axes have a priority value and are interconnected to create the conditions and means for the full and effective application of public policies aimed at eliminating inequality and ensuring the exercise of women's human rights in their diversity.
In this sense, the alumni network of the Innovation and Leadership in Government Program, an annual executive education program organized by Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Program (ILG), that aims to promote better governance and innovation in the Latin American region, has gathered the interest of various ILG alumni, experts and leading practioners in their fields, to start a chapter aimed at promoting the innovation in closing inequality gaps for gender reasons. Thus, aware of the importance of promoting a space for reflection, exchange of good practices, and collective action, LALP joins the ILG alumni network to present this public dialogue led by women alumni of the ILG program who are working to close inequality gaps for gender reasons. This conversation is moderated by Georgetown University Adjunct Professor, Michael Shifter, former president of the Inter-American Dialogue.