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The first Regional Conference on the Integration of Women into the Economic and Social Development of Latin America and the Caribbean was held almost 40 years ago (Havana, 1977).

According to a new study on the contribution of women in agrifood systems carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), women in Latin America and Carribean continue to be invisible in the agrifood sector while they have a big impact on the system.

This working paper focuses on the barriers that women, especially those who are in the informal economy, face in the area of social protection. Part of a series of different literature on the same topic, it provides us with the insight into the coverage of social protection schemes of women.

Ministers gathered in the 37th Assembly of Delegates of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS, and adopted the Declaration of Lima, which urges Latin American countries to promote equality and economic empowerment of women.

This report highlights some findings in relation to employment, poverty and gender using data from the St Lucia Survey of Living Conditions. 

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IASPD 13 - "Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion Agenda"


The webinar was led by Hilary Anderson – specialist of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) – and Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian – Director of the Department of Social Inclusion (DSI), and was moderated by Alexandra Barrantes – Section Chief of the Equity Promotion of the Department of Social Inclusion and IASPN coordinator.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:30

Gender inequality is not a new topic in financial inclusion - in fact, there have been numerous programs and policies directed specifically towards women.

Despite the good intentions that social protection programmes may have, research finds that social protection programmes may aggravate the problem of gender inequality and perpetuate poverty.


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