The Inter-American Development Bank turns 60 this year. It was born in 1959 with a mandate and a calling: to improve lives for the people of Latin America and the Caribbean by enabling inclusive, equitable development in all its forms. In about half of the countries of the region, the Bank would be eligible to retire and draw a pension —but our work promoting gender equality in … [Read more...] about Six decades! A lot to celebrate but far from done
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By Laurence Telson* Spare the rod and spoil the child! Who in the Caribbean has not heard this cryptic biblical proverb that in itself brought swift punishment to one’s bottom for a crime once forgotten? The Caribbean is home to some of the wealthiest per capita countries in the LAC region. In terms of human development, two Caribbean countries - The Bahamas … [Read more...] about Spare the rod and spoil the child? Discipline and violence in the Caribbean
Nov-25. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “You are useless and stupid; you never do anything right.” “If you leave the house again without my permission, you will really be sorry”. Violence against women starts with words. And while words do not produce the same kinds of visible marks as physical violence, their effects can be just as damaging. … [Read more...] about How can it be love if it sounds so hateful?
October 1st - International Day of Older Persons. Let’s be honest, growing older is hard. And it is particularly hard for women who are least visible at this stage of life. Nearly 25% of the world’s women are age 50 and older and they account for more than half of the population 60 and older. Yet we know very little about what happens to them after age 49: their sexual … [Read more...] about The strange case of women who disappear at age 49
By Heidi Fishpaw* Suffragette, with Meryl Streep, arrived to the theaters this fall transporting us to a dark state of existence in the 1910’s England. Women, particularly working class women, worked in near slavery conditions, facing sexual abuse and lower status work and pay compared to men. Questioning their exclusion from voting and their working conditions, they were … [Read more...] about Three ways we police women’s voices