International Women's Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the gender gaps that persist in Latin America and the Caribbean. With a labor force participation 27% lower than men's and a wage gap of 18%, these figures are the tip of the iceberg of deeper structural problems. The pandemic has undoubtedly helped to deepen these gaps. Countries face unprecedented challenges … [Read more...] about What would a region without gender gaps look like?
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 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 … [Read more...] about Let’s change perceptions about Women and Girls in science and other 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
Lidia Huayllas answers our call as soon as she finished a meeting, required by her position as a deputy major of District 5 of El Alto, Bolivia. Lidia became known as a mountain climber, but this Aimara woman has shown to have infinite facets and the will to tackle infinite barriers. The connection is weak, but strong enough to ask the questions we have been keeping since we … [Read more...] about Lidia Huayllas: the story of the cholita who became a climber