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Maas opens women’s network connecting Germany, Latin America and the Caribbean 

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29.04.2019 - Article

In the Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia, the German Foreign Minister is sending a clear message of support for human rights and equal opportunities at the start of his visit to Latin America.

In the United Nations Security Council Germany has placed a strong emphasis on the issue of women, peace and security. Only last week the Security Council, under the presidency of Foreign Minister Maas, adopted a resolution tabled by Germany designed to tackle sexual violence in conflicts and support victims. The establishment of the women’s network is one outcome of this engagement to promote women’s rights throughout the world.

Strong female partners for a society with equal opportunities

Today, Maas will launch the women’s network with an address at a workshop at the Goethe-Institut in Salvador da Bahia and thereby send a clear message in support of diversity and tolerance and against racism and sexism, also in political debate. Under the patronage of Foreign Minister Maas, the Federal Foreign Office aims to bring together strong civil society partners from Latin America, the Caribbean and Germany who are working to promote societies with equal opportunities. A total of around 80 founding members from civil society, business and politics will gather at three events this week in Salvador, Bogotá (30 April) and Mexico City (2 May) to discuss ways to bolster the participation of women in society and how to mutually support and learn from one another in the process.

Women’s rights a crucial aspect of foreign policy

Equal opportunities for women and men make societies more stable and secure. Yet the path to achieving this goal is long and difficult, in Germany as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dominant issues include a lack of fair representation, unequal economic participation, sexual violence and self-determination over one’s own body. Yet resistance to these injustices is growing, and equal opportunities are increasingly becoming a topic of discussion in the region. For this reason the subject is also at the top of the agenda of Heiko Maas’s visit to Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

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