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Alda Facio

Mesoamerica Regional Advisor
Costa Rica

A feminist lawyer, scholar, and writer, Alda Facio contributes her expertise to JASS Mesoamerica as well as JASS’ thematic agenda on Power & Protection of Women Activists. She has a long and distinguished history in women’s human rights advocacy in Latin America and globally since the 1970s and is an international expert on gender and women’s human rights. Alda founded the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice of the International Criminal Court (ICC), becoming its first director. She is a member of the advisory committee of the global campaign “Our Rights Are Not Optional!” for the ratification and use of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and an advisor to the IWRAW Asia Pacific and other women’s organizations. Since 1991 she directs the Women, Justice and Gender Program of the United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention. She was also on the Advisory Committee for the UN Secretary General’s In-Depth Study of All Forms Of Violence.

Alda has helped design laws against violence against women in a number of countries and was one of the first to denounce the anthrocentrism in the theory and practice of human rights and law. In recognition of her stature in the field, she was the only Latin American candidate for the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women in 1994. She has taught and given conferences and workshops on human rights issues in many universities in the Americas and for groups of women. She was a judge on the Civil and Labor Court and founder and director of the National Dance Company of Costa Rica. Alda has written hundreds of articles on human rights and the position of women for numerous publications, including law journals, textbooks and was correspondent for FEMPRESS for 16 years. Three of her short stories are included in Latin American anthologies.

Articles and Publications:
Women Redefining Democracy – May 7, 2009
How the Seed was Planted, Carnegie Council – November 5, 2003
Media Profiles:
An Interview with Alda Facio, AWID – December 2, 2008
International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, Representative and Advisor
UN Panel – Protecting Women from Violence: bridging policy and practice (October 2012)
Recent Blog Posts:
What Coronavirus Teaches Us About Inequality, Discrimination and the Importance of Caring
How Long? – Thoughts on Women and Occupy Wall Street
Age Matters: A JASS Discussion Paper

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