On 23 November 2021, a group of women committed to Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and gender equality met to promote and founded the EU-LAC Women's International Network (EU-LAC WIN). This arises from the need to seek a shared feminism between both regions, understood as a proposal for inclusion and democracy in the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, which are conditions for the existence of more equitable societies, in circumstances where discrimination based on gender or sex, at different levels and in different forms, is still in force in many of our countries.
- Connecting women, organisations and institutions from Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union to strengthen their work and collectively promote transformations for gender equality.
- Promote multilevel, diverse and intergenerational dialogue and exchange of experiences between women from the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, on common interests that seek to advance women's leadership and more democratic and inclusive societies.
- To promote the construction of more equitable societies in Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union, putting women at the centre of decision-making, based on public policies, good practices, alliances and transformative gender initiatives.
Lines of action
We promote women’s participation, leadership and inclusion in the governance of climate action, as well as new models of transformative gender green economies.
Social development and the care economy
We promote the centrality of care to build more equitable societies, strengthening the role of comprehensive care systems as a driver of the economy.
Women’s political leadership
We seek greater representation of women in decision-making spaces at local, national, and international levels, for example in areas such as peacebuilding.
What do we do?
- Events: We promote the exchange of experiences by organising high-level dialogues, meetings, and events to empower women’s voices in both regions.
- Publications: We produce analyses and public policy reports, presenting results of studies and dialogues and formulating recommendations for good practices and lessons learned for building more inclusive societies.
- Blog EU-LAC: We invite individuals from civil society, academia, international organisations, government and others to contribute to the EU-LAC Foundation’s Blog by writing articles of analysis and contributions to the bi-regional dialogue.
- Opinion articles: We invite high-level authorities with extensive experience, recognition and expertise in the field to contribute to the EU-LAC Foundation’s newsletters by writing opinion articles.
- Repository: Through the EU-LAC Foundation’s virtual library, we offer a unique service for the collection of reports, articles and academic publications, Summit declarations and bi-regional Action Plans, specialised studies, among others.
Structure of the EU-LAC WIN Network
Group of women leaders
Women leaders in public spaces who take care of promoting its expansion and making the Network visible in their respective areas of work, who are spokespersons for the activities in different spaces, and who provide guidance and advice to the Network in the identification of new challenges in the gender equality agenda.
The coordination team is responsible for coordinating the internal and external tasks and activities of the Network, together with the Technical Secretariat.
Thematic Working Groups
The Thematic Working Groups are composed of institutions with knowledge and experience in the Network’s priority areas. They are responsible for leading the design and implementation of the Network’s activities, together with the Coordination Team.
Partner organisations and individuals
These are organisations and individuals associated with the Network who seek to actively participate in some of the activities carried out by the Network, according to their interests, expertise, and capacities.
All members of the Network meet once a year in an Assembly to take stock of the initiatives promoted, to deliberate on relevant issues of the bi-regional gender agenda and activities to be developed in the coming year.
Criteria to join the Network
We invite individuals as well as representatives of alliances and networks, institutions, or organisations from the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) committed to gender equality to join the Network who:
- Share the Network's mission, vision and values;
- Have legal personality in one of the LAC or EU countries or, in the case of individuals, have a nationality of one of the LAC or EU countries;
- Have working experience in one of the lines of action prioritised by the Network;
- Commit to an active participation or relevant contribution to one of the initiatives per year (examples: preparing a presentation for an event; taking on a moderation role; offering expertise in the formulation of a publication; writing an article for the EU-LAC Foundation’s Blog, or others);
- Participate in some of the events organised by the Network and support its dissemination;
- Participate in the Network's annual Assembly;
- Establish a focal point within the organisation/institution and authorise the use of the logo for relevant activities (authorise the use of personal data in case of experts);
- Share with the members of the Network programmes, projects, actions or public policy reports that are being developed by their organisation.
Benefits of being part of the Network
- Increase the scope and visibility of alliances, institutions and organisations that generate public policies, initiatives, programmes, practices; and experiences in gender equality in the lines of action prioritised by the Network;
- The possibility of developing and strengthening partnerships with public institutions and civil society organisations and other sectors for the development of joint activities;
- The opportunity to connect with decision-makers and members of civil society from both regions to influence agendas for more inclusive societies;
- The possibility of publishing opinion articles and contributing to the writing of public policy and analysis reports based on an organisation’s expertise and capabilities;
- The opportunity to participate as expert and contribute to the successful implementation of events organised and promoted by the Network.
Want to join the Network?
If the alliance, organisation or institution you work for is interested in joining the Network, or if you are an independent person who wants to contribute to the work of the Network as well, please fill in the registration form in the attachment.
For any queries related to the Network please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.