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How Can Women in the Region Crack the Glass Ceiling?

Why is there such a lack of women in powerful seats running companies or sitting on boards in the region?

Donna Hrinak, Elena Viyella de Paliza, Fernanda Vicente, Sylvia Maxfield, Marc Andersen

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The Reproductive Rights Debate in Latin America

While the overall landscape for reproductive rights showed little change in 2014, there is evidence of glacier-like movement toward easing restrictions on abortion.

Joan Caivano, Jane Marcus-Delgado

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What Are the Critical Issues Facing Women?

How are women faring in Latin America? Where has progress been made and how has that been achieved?

Joan Caivano, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Maria de los Ángeles Fernández R.

Campaign Finance and Women’s Representation in Latin America

Despite taking significant steps towards a more gender-balanced political system –notably the recent adoption of female representation quotas— Colombia, like many other Latin American countries, continues to struggle with the legacies of pervasive social, economic and political inequality that disproportionately affect women. The study gauges the effect that campaign finance has for aspiring female leaders, and puts it in the context of broader social and cultural barriers that hinder women’s political activism throughout the region.

Tim Mahony

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Women Rule South America

Would this be a more compassionate, more peaceful planet if more of it were ruled by women?

Peter Hakim

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Women on the Verge: Corporate Power in Latin America

Research shows that what is good for women is good for business organizations as a whole, especially for organizational leadership.

Joan Caivano, Peter Hakim, Sylvia Maxfield

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From Persuasion to Power? Women’s Policy Machineries in Latin America

Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, women’s policy agencies (WPAs) have been created in the context of democratization and state modernization, a context which has exerted considerable influence over the trajectory of these agencies throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

Susan Franceschet

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Women, Remittances, and Financial Inclusion in Guatemala

On May 24, 2024, the Inter-American Dialogue released the report “Women, Remittances, and Financial Inclusion in Guatemala.” The report, produced by Manuel Orozco, director of the Migration, Remittances, and Development program, provides a financial characterization of women in Guatemala, explores barriers to financial inclusion, and outlines a path toward greater financial independence.

Manuel Orozco

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Women and Power in the Americas: A Report Card

In 1975, female politicians and women’s groups from around the world met in Mexico City for the UN’s First World Conference on Women. They discussed the plight of women, from their absence in politics to the unique social and economic problems women face, and devised a set of recommendations for improving women’s status.

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

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Women in Power: How Presence Affects Politics

The number of women represented in political leadership in the Americas has increased dramatically over the past thirty years. In 2006, Chile elected its first female president, Michelle Bachelet, and Jamaica its first female prime minister, Portia Simpson-Miller.

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

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Political Parties and Women’s Leadership in Latin America

Increasing women’s presence in political decision-making positions has been advocated by development organisms, activists and academics as a means to strengthen democracy and to make policy-making processes more representative of wider sections of the population.

Teresa Sacchet

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