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Opportunity Has No Gender: Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential in LAC

Women contribute substantially to economic growth and poverty reduction in LAC. Yet despite rising levels of education and a growing number of women in the labour force, only 33% of women in the region were in paid work in 2016. 

The OECD is teaming up with the EU Facility for Development in Transition for Latin America and the Caribbean to analyse the major barriers limiting women’s insertion into the formal economy. The joint project on gender aims to analyse gender gaps in educational, social and (formal and informal) employment outcomes with a focus on women's disproportionate responsibility for unpaid work.

The project will build evidence and provide country-specific policy recommendations to design and implement comprehensive and multidimensional policies from a gender equality and women’s human rights perspective, in three specific and complementary policy domains: 

  • Better sharing of paid and unpaid work
  • Discriminatory laws and social norms affecting gender equality
  • Emerging challenges in the world of work linked to technological advances 

Main outputs (Forthcoming):

  • Four country studies on Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru
  • A summary discussion of lessons learned and policy insights will complement these country reports

Read the project flyer

Read the full summary of our launch event and the remarks by Gabriela Ramos here.

Upcoming event

Join us for an exchange with gender equality experts from LAC countries and the OECD on the theme of “Opportunity Has No Gender: Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential in LAC” as part of the OECD March on Gender.

20 March | 10:00-12:00

OECD Auditorium

 Click here to register for the policy forum

External participants, please contact Julie.WHITELOCK@oecd.org for registration. 

OECD LAC Gender project  

Contacts

Alessandro Goglio

e-mail: alessandro.goglio@oecd.org 

Telephone: +33 1 45 24 75 7

 

José Antonio Ardavin

e-mail: jose-antonio.ardavin@oecd.org  

Telephone: +33 1 45 24 17 83