Bogota & gender

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Best Practice: Gender Equality Program
REPORT UPDATED: MAY 3, 2010

CITY: BOGOTÁ BEST PRACTICE

POLICY AREA: SOCIAL SERVICES

The City of Bogotá has adopted Colombia’s national legal framework in support of the rights of women as set forth by a cityagency entitled, “Sub-Secretariat for Women, Gender and Sexual Diversity” as part of the Planning Office of Bogota (Secretaria Distrital de Planeación).” The Equal Opportunity Plan for Gender Equity in the Capital District, 2004 to 2016 (Plan de Igualdad de Oportunidadades para la Equidad de Genero, PIOEG) informs policy making and the implementation of specific policies that include affirmativeaction plans, programs, and projects to achieve equal opportunities and gender equity under the framework of human rights legislation (Enfoque de Derechos).

ISSUE
In order to confront poverty and exclusion, the need to create conditions for achieving equality of opportunity, the effective exercise of the women rights and respect for differences and the free development of personality and sexualdiversity, the city determined that it needed to create a body responsible for these policies. Therefore it embarked on the formulation and implementation of the Equal Opportunity Plan for Gender Equity in the Capital District, 2004 to 2016.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goals of the Equal Opportunity Plan for Gender Equity in the Capital District, 2004 to 2016 is to advance the recognition of thehuman rights of women of all ages, cultures, sexual orientations, racial ethnicity, and socioeconomic situations. The plan focuses on several human rights categories: 1. RIGHT to a life free from violence. 2. RIGHT to participation and representation of women. 3. RIGHT to decent work and fair income. 4. RIGHT to full health. 5. RIGHT to education with equity. 6. RIGHT a culture free of sexism.IMPLEMENTATION
The process of developing the Equal Opportunity Plan for Gender Equity in the Capital District, 2004 to 2016 began with an assessment of the aforementioned six human rights categories. Various workshops took place between March 2004 and August 2005, in which representatives from local women's organizations from both within the city and in other provinces, public officials, andacademics constructed baseline policies and goals. Meanwhile, the Sub-Secretariat, with the support of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation), worked with the Women´s Advisory Council of the city of Bogotá in order to promote gender equality within policies, budgets, programs and projects;familiarizing directors and staff on these issues. After developing the first draft of the Plan, the local workshop participants met with representatives from the city to discuss the gender equality policies, activities and programs already underway in the capital district. Feedback from this meeting was integrated into a revised plan and in September 2005 it was approved by the District Council ofSocial Policy. In 2006, the Plan was officially launched and began to be implemented throughout the city of Bogotá.

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Best Practice: Gender Equality Program
As coordinated by the city of Bogotá, each of the twelve localities within the city receives fundingand programmatic support to implement local initiatives. The Women's Advisory Council implements regional programs with cities such as Rosario, Argentina and Santiago, Chile to reduce violence against women.

COST
Implementation of the Equal Opportunity Plan for Gender Equity in the Capital District, according to a city tracking system, cost a total of 25,183,000,000 Colombian pesos ($12.7...
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