Head of State IMPACT Champion

Tabaré Vázquez

Advances in gender equality demand a qualitative leap, which can only be achieved through coordinated action and commitment by governmental actors.

IMPACT Commitments


Reduce domestic violence mortality 10% by 2020.


Today in Uruguay, one woman dies every 15 days from domestic violence. It is estimated that 70% of women over the age of 15 have experienced gender-based violence during their lives, and nearly half of the female population (46%) have experienced violence in a relationship.

To address this, the government of Uruguay has created a multi-prong approach to prevent and address domestic violence, with the goal of reducing domestic violence related deaths by 10% by 2020. The new National Plan will provide for the protection and care of geneer-based violence survivors, establish a national domestic violence awareness education program, create a rehabilitation program for male offenders, and enact a system to track and monitor the implementation of the National Plan for a Life Free from Gender-Based Violence.


Decrease adolescent pregnancies.


In Uruguay, more than 20% of adolescents are mothers, and many of these young mothers live in homes where their basic needs are not being met. Of children who live below the poverty line, 30% of their mothers are under the age of 20, showing a strong relationship between poverty and parental age.

The Uruguayan government is committed to reduce pregnancy rates in females age 10 to 14 years old to 0.1%, and in females age 15 to 19 years old to 0.4%. To realize these goals, the government will roll out three major initiatives: a country-wide, safe-sex education campaign, improved access to contraceptives, and training programs for health professionals and staff on the prevention of adolescent pregnancy.


Implement the National Care Plan to close the unpaid care gap.


Women spend twice as much time per week as men caring for their children and other members of their household. Right now, only 47% of childcare services are covered for children under three years old, leaving many women without options when it comes to caring for children. As part of their HeForShe commitments Uruguay will enact by 2020, the first-ever National Care Plan to increase access to child-care services for parents across the country. This Plan will cover comprehensive child-care and education services for every child under the age of three and 60% of children over the age of three. The National Care Plan will also provide women the support necessary to care for children and other dependents by guaranteeing parental work leave for children under one year old, and access to home care programmes, telecare and personal care assistants for persons with disabilities and other adults dependents.

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