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Background: In 2004, the women’s movement in Bogota launched a long campaign of demanding women’s rights from local authorities, which resulted in the participative formulation of Bogota’s Public Policy on Women and Gender Equity (PPMyEG) and the incorporation into the structure of the District Administration of increasingly powerful bodies that promote women’s rights, from an Advisory Office in Bogota City Council between 2004 and 2007 to the creation of the District Secretariat for Women’s Affairs in 2013. This secretariat is currently responsible for leading, guiding and co-ordinating the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the PPMyEG.
Projects: The PPMyEG encompasses five strategies that are implemented through a range of projects as follows:
In addition, the District Secretariat for Women’s Affairs runs a number of programmes specifically for meeting the needs of women victims of violence, among them the Organic, Functional, Integrated and Structural System (SOFIA) to prevent, respond to and monitor acts of violence against women, the Integrated Legal and Justice for Women project, and the shelters for women (Casas Refugio) who have survived violent attacks and whose lives are in grave danger.
Events and seminars: the District Secretariat for Women’s Affairs runs a constant array of events and seminars on women’s diverse rights, the most recent of which include the international seminar on safe cities and femicide, a seminar on women sex workers and the launch of the OMEG.
Public calls for programme applications and proposals: the District Secretariat for Women’s Affairs constantly calls for applications and proposals for a range of programmes. It recently invited women to register for the course on “Strengthening the Organisational Processes of Farming and Rural Women in Bogota Capital District”.
At the same time, it participates in various calls for applications and as a result has received three international honours for its territorialisation strategy: 1) special mention in the second Prizes for the Best Local Practices with a Gender Focus – Latin American Union of Municipalities (UIM); 2) special mention in recognition of the inspiring example it provides in overcoming gender discrimination – FLACSO, Gender at Work, AWID and BRIDGE; and 3) certificate for its outstanding work in improving women’s living conditions – Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat – Dubai International Prize for Best Practices. The mainstreaming strategy also received recognition in the call for proposals entitled “Experiences that make a difference: Mainstreaming gender equality in the public policies of Latin American and Caribbean countries”, organised by the UNDP.