Women remain underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) despite extensive efforts across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to increase their participation in these fields. IDB research finds that women are significantly underrepresented among engineering, IT, industry, and construction graduates in every Latin American country. The largest … [Read more...] about Let’s change perceptions about Women and Girls in STEM
What the evidence tells us In the past few decades, significant effort has been devoted to designing and implementing programs and policies to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Nevertheless, a high level of SGBV persists in all countries in the region. We still know very little about what works, for whom and under what conditions. This is true for both … [Read more...] about What does it take to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence?
Disability in Latin America and the Caribbean The last decades have witnessed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) - and in other regions of the world - a growing commitment to promoting the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. This commitment is evidenced, for example, by the fact as of 2020 all LAC countries have ratified the United Nations … [Read more...] about Population aging may increase disability prevalence to 20% in 2050 in LAC
The COVID-19 pandemic has had dramatic consequences for labor markets across Latin America. While data is not available for all countries ethnically diverse populations have been hard-hit. This has been especially true for African descendants when even before the pandemic faced barriers to accessing the labor market. In Brazil at least 7.6 million African descendants were … [Read more...] about Closing Racial Gaps in Employment in Latin America
The Promise of Community Collaboration The pandemic has exposed racial and ethnic disparities, but has also demonstrated how community level partnership, access to quality information and good communication can quickly bolster vaccine rates. African descendants in Latin America have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, due to factors such as limited … [Read more...] about The Vaccine and me – Responses for African descendants