The Americas Initiative was created in 2018 during GAAMAC’s third Global Meeting. Unlike Working Groups, it does not have a formal structure and conducts activities on an ad hoc basis, depending on needs. Nevertheless, the Initiative’s purpose is to translate GAAMAC’s vision into regional, culturally-relevant support to national atrocity prevention mechanisms and policies in the Americas.
The Americas Initiative currently focuses its research on gender in prevention of mass atrocities. This angle was chosen following the recognition at GAAMAC III that a gendered lens is needed at all levels for prevention efforts to be effective, that efforts should not be limited to responding to sexual and gender-based crimes, and that gender equality should be mainstreamed across prevention mechanisms.
In 2021, the Americas Initiative published a policy brief “Lessons learned from armed conflicts in Colombia and Guatemala to prevent violence against girls and women”, in collaboration with local actors Impunity Watch (a GAAMAC partner) and Corporación Humanas.
In 2022, the Americas Initiative will disseminate the policy brief through a series of meetings where the case studies contained in the policy brief will be presented. Its focus countries are Colombia and Guatemala.
Any state, non-government organization and academic institution involved in atrocity prevention is eligible to become a partner.
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