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Is Latin America Moving Forward in Terms of Gender Equity?

The will and effort made by women in local spaces is a reality and the ideal way to move towards parity.

The Woman Post | Abby Araujo

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According to a recent press release released by the World Bank, it concludes that the economic and social impact caused by the COVID-19 health crisis emphasizes gender inequalities. The study makes small advances, but the female gender faces various laws that restrict their opportunities, especially economic. The official notice indicates that the "Women, Business and the Law Report 2021," aims to eliminate barriers to the economic inclusion of women, within the scope of 8 areas in 190 countries from 2019 to 2020.

In this context, solutions and initiations are revealed by governments to manage the hard blow that is currently being experienced. However, there is a possibility that the measures taken may be insufficient to repair the damage faced by many women, mothers, grandmothers, and girls.

On the other hand, the same analysis shows that an investigation was carried out where governments implemented 120 measures, including lines of care, psychological support, and shelters to protect the female gender from the domestic violence they suffer daily. In addition, with all the statistics they increased good practices in the legislation sector and executed transformations in the areas of salary and parenthood.

Women Need To Break Ground and Move Towards Parity

A recent study, entitled "Towards Parity and Inclusive Participation in Latin America and the Caribbean", by UN Women, together with ECLAC, indicates that Latin America is a region that implements instruments that feedback on women's rights in every way. In addition, they contributed to the parity democracy interpreted in the equality of men and women, even helping to implement mechanisms of inclusion and diversity.

On the other hand, the female gender makes up more than 50% of the population in Latin America, as well as 51% of the electoral registers. Electoral participation is an important tool in which women actively participate and, at the same time, identify circumstantial gaps in their participation.

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In Latin American countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, they only had 30% or perhaps fewer women participating in elections. On the contrary, countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua have more than 50%, even surpassing it.

Is It Possible To Increase the Participation of Women?

Obviously, with a little local effort, you can increase the participation of the female gender. However, there are actions to be developed to complete this mission.

1. Promote legal, transparency, and oversight initiations, to guide public financing by gender to strengthen the training of women, which guarantees equity in the partition.

2. Strengthen women's leadership skills and support their diversity.

3. Develop capacities among women leaders for fundraisings, such as innovative initiations or crowdfunding processes.

4. Eliminate the barriers that hinder feminist processes and promote the leadership of indigenous and Afro-descendant youth, women with discipline, and LGBTI.

5. Promote better conditions for women's participation in all areas, emphasizing barriers and attacking them.

It is possible to achieve the visibility of the entire female gender, but the actions must be achieved little by little with effort and with a gender perspective.

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