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UN Women launches a self-assessment tool to measure the wage gap in companies

Monday, July 15, 2019

UN Women launches the “Diagnosis of Equal Remuneration” (DIR) , a self-assessment tool so that each organization can measure, independently and without intermediaries, if it is applying the principle of "equal remuneration for work of equal value" or if, on the contrary, a gender pay gap of its workforce exists. The DIR tool, developed by UN Women with the support of the European Union within the framework of the “Win Win: Gender equality means good business” program, was initially piloted with companies in Panama and Costa Rica. Subsequently, the program was presented in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. The initiative also seeks to contribute to the implementation of the commitments of the Regional Champion for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC).

“Avancemos por la igualdad” (Moving Forward Equality): Mexican Women Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shunaxi Martínez Santiago is a 31-year-old mother from the municipality of Juchitán de Zaragoza in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. During the September 2017 earthquake, she lost her house, which forced her to move to another town together with her two children. Before the earthquake, she had worked at a company for 10 years until she gave birth to her second child, and decided to launch an online business: “It was very difficult to quit my job and dare to do something new,...

Social protection to domestic workers in Guatemala

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is pushing for better income, health insurance, safer working conditions; and helping exploited domestic workers take their cases to the courts.

Announcer: International Day of Rural Women 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year’s theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women Executive Director visits Argentina to highlight women’s economic empowerment and inaugurates new office

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is visiting Argentina from 2 to 5 October, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society and women’s groups, private sector representatives and other development partners.

First Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS) in the world launched in Mexico

Monday, September 10, 2018

UN Women Mexico and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) reassert their world leadership in generating gender-responsive statistics by launching the Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS). The first of its kind in the world, the CEGS will be dedicated only and exclusively to the analysis and generation of gender-responsive statistics.

Saving for a rainy day

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before, with the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women.

From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Anti-corruption and gender dialogue: an analysis of the gender dimension in the fight against corruption in Latin America

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The following document presented by representatives of international organizations, public institutions of the justice sector and mechanisms for the advancement of women, civil society and the Academy of Latin America and Europe have debated for two days: the problem, the prevention, sanction and visibility from international and multilateral spaces on the gender dimension in the fight against corruption in Latin America.

From where I stand: “It’s not just men who can do business”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. As part of a UN Women project, she has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more. The future holds many possibilities for this talented artist and coffee grower, but whichever path she chooses, she feels she belongs with her community, in the mountains of Colombia, watching the coffee grow.

Regional Consultations in Latin America and the Caribbean leading up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women call for rights and dignity of rural women

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Photo: UN Women Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.- Las Consultas regionales para América Latina y el Caribe hacia el 62º Periodo de Sesiones de la Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer (CSW62) de Naciones Unidas abrieron hoy (martes 6) en Santo Domingo. El tema prioritario de las consultas, alineado con la próxima sesión de la CSW, es: ”Desafíos y oportunidades en el logro de la igualdad entre los...

Latin America and the Caribbean will articulate position on empowerment of rural women and girls in preparation for CSW62

Monday, February 5, 2018

Challenges and opportunities in the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls will be the priority theme that brings together the highest regional gender authorities from tomorrow (6th of February) in the capital of the Dominican Republic, on the occasion of the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean prior to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations.

IV Global Forum

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Third Forum will be an important opportunity to identify, share and promote ideas, experiences and innovative initiatives on gender equality and the private sector. For this reason, we ask panelists to structure their interventions in such a way that it stimulates dialogue, shares critical experiences and generates broader reflections. Given the number of panelists, it is extremely important that panelists adhere to the time allocated to ensure sufficient space for dialogue and engagement with the audience.

EPIC coalition is launched in Panama to close pay gap between women and men in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) was launched in Latin America and the Caribbean, to mobilize multiple actors in different countries to reduce the wage gap between women and men, which is around 15 percent in this region according to data released at the presentation in the capital of Panama.

Colombian women growing coffee, brewing peace

Friday, October 13, 2017

Colombia’s half-a-century-long armed conflict has deeply wounded the country’s rural areas. Today, rural and indigenous women suffer the highest levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. According to national statistics, 41.9 per cent of rural women-led households live in poverty and 9.6 per cent in extreme poverty. An initiative by UN Women has supported rural and indigenous women to develop leadership and business skills to boost their economic and political empowerment as the country strives for peace.

A new life for women in Colombia’s artisanal fishing industry

Monday, October 2, 2017

In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left lasting impact, the Nueva Vida (New Life) project, supported by UN Women and funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, aims to boost women’s income and participation in the fishing sector.

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In Brazil, the National Domestic Workers’ Day is commemorated on April 27, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. In Salvador, a special session was held in the City Hall, together with mobilizations of domestic workers. Meanwhile, in Sao Paulo, public events were organized with support of the Central Workers’ Union (CUT) and the Inter-American Trade Union Institute for Racial Equality (Inspir).

From where I stand: “Expanding indigenous women’s rights strengthens the collective rights”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The concept of collective rights is central to indigenous cultures. But the status of indigenous women within and outside their communities remain precarious when they are unable to claim any rights of their own. Janneth Lozano Bustos works with indigenous communities in Colombia to economically empower women so that they can enjoy autonomy over their lives and resources.

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

Monday, March 27, 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment.

Rural Colombian women develop and strengthen their own economies

Friday, March 24, 2017

Although Colombia is a middle income country, figures show that rural women face poverty, exclusion and discrimination due to their limited access to resources and assets. UN Women is engaged in strengthening the leadership of rural women in the Cauca Department (south-west of the country) in order to foster their economic empowerment.

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