Foreign Minister Heiko Maas launched Unidas on 21 May 2019. The founding event was attended by no fewer than 21 Foreign Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean; Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG; and around 1000 conference participants.
The aim of Unidas is to bring together people from Latin America, the Caribbean and Germany who work to foster equal opportunities for women and men. After all, women’s rights are human rights!
We want to initiate, support and promote change with organisations and individuals. Our goal is to focus our work on the following issues:
- Violence against women, femicide
- Reproductive rights, self-determination over one’s own body
- The rule of law and women’s rights
- Crisis prevention and women’s role in peacekeeping
- Protecting female human rights defenders and peacekeepers
- Women’s participation in the economy
The following are just some of our founding members from Latin America, the Caribbean and Germany:
is an Argentine lawyer who holds a degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She has been CEO of ELA – Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género – since 2007. She also teaches at the University of Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional de Lanús and the Universidad Nacional de la Plata and has published on the topics of work, care policy, sexual and reproductive rights, and violence against women.
is a political scientist and CEO of the UN Women Nationales Komitee Deutschland. She previously worked for UNIFEM (the United Nations Development Fund for Women) in New York and Bangkok and for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. She holds a postgraduate degree in adult education and worked as an advisor in municipal development, as a research fellow and trainer in further professional education, and as a career advisor.
is an actor. She has been an ambassador for the women’s rights organisation Terre des Femmes since 2004. In March 2015, she received the Autorin der Freiheit (Author of Freedom) prize for her speech alongside then Federal President Joachim Gauck at an International Women’s Day event in Schloss Bellevue. In 2017, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. She is patron of the online counselling service SIBEL set up by the organisation PAPATYA to help young women and girls who have problems with their families.
is the founder and CEO of Conflict Women, a social enterprise that provides income, training and microfinance to the survivors of rape and domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Points of Light Prize, which is awarded by Queen Elizabeth II, and is also a TEDx speaker. Prior to her work with Conflict Women, she worked for UNICEF in Geneva and in the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago.
is a singer from Bahia, Brazil. In 2018, she was nominated for a Latin Grammy for her debut album “Xenia” and her song “Pra que me chamas?”. She became a symbol of empowerment for Afro-Brazilian women thanks to her video for “Pra que me chamas?”, which focuses among other things on the preservation and dissemination of Afro-Brazilian culture.
is a former Housing Minister of Paraguay who previously served as National Director of TECHO Paraguay, an NGO that promotes the construction of emergency housing and young people’s active involvement in political decision-making processes. She holds a degree in engineering, studied project management, and is a graduate of the Global Competitiveness Leadership programme at Georgetown University. She is currently studying for a Master of Public Policy at Oxford University.
is a human rights activist and a member of the management team of Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca, a feminist organisation that promotes respect for and recognition and implementation of women’s human rights. It also supports gender equality, the development of civil-society networks and capacities for defending human rights, training on gender-specific rights and participation in democratic processes. Yésica also represents the Central American network Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos.
has worked as a freelance journalist, advisor and speaker since 2019. She speaks on television and in panel discussions on the transformation of the world of work, digital strategies for journalism and politics, participation, justice, representation, power and sexual self-determination. She began her career in 2008 as community editor of the magazine “der Freitag” and went on to advise the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) on digital strategy. She is a former editor-in-chief of the online magazine “Edition F”. In 2017, she was awarded the Journalist of the Year Prize in the entrepreneur category.