Almost half of Latin America and the Caribbean countries have a Ministry for Women. But do we need them? The short answer is yes. But the reality is more complex. While the mission of these ministries is essential for the countries’ development, they often face significant obstacles in fulfilling their functions. In a new GDLab policy brief, the IDB's Gender and Diversity … [Read more...] about Ministries of Women: Why we need them
While still struggling to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) face unprecedented challenges with limited fiscal space. Finding the right expenditure strategy is more important than ever. In this scenario, advancing gender equality offers significant opportunity, with the potential to both address growing gender … [Read more...] about Gender Budgeting: What is it and Why it is Important for Gender Equality and Economic Growth
Is intersectionality “in”? In June 2020, the term "intersectionality" reached its highest point in Google searches since 2004. However, it is far from a new word. On the contrary: it is a term with more than 30 years of use. It was first applied by African American jurist and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. In more recent years, the increased interest in better … [Read more...] about What is intersectionality and why should you care?
It is essential to understand how the most modern technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), will transform gender gaps in the labor market and become a tool to reduce gender inequalities. The IDB, OECD, and Unesco joined forces to prepare a report, "The Effects of AI on Women's Working Lives," collaborating with Cambridge's Minderoo Centre for … [Read more...] about How AI can help women in the workforce
Ellen Ochoa never dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Still, it became her goal and passion after she studied physics and watched Sally Ride become the first American woman in space. As she progressed in her education and career, the encouragement she received from educators and the opportunities and visibility provided by her supervisors and mentors ultimately pushed her to … [Read more...] about Inspiring Women in STEM leadership