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This working paper provides a framework for women’s economic empowerment, which draws on lessons learned, key strategic documents, and expertise generated by the implementation of the MELYT Programme focusing on women, the local economy, and dynamic territories in the Trifinio area2 of Central America
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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shrinking working hours, increased care burdens, and heightened violence have exacerbated the challenges that women and girls face. Unless action is taken, by 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living in extreme poverty, including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19. This publication presents the latest evidence on the multiple impacts of the pandemic on women and girls.
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This document substantiates the importance of care work for societies, defines the care sector’s current condition in Latin America and the Caribbean and describes the impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the contingency measures that have been implemented in various countries in the region to address the crisis. The document concludes with a series of policy recommendations to address the care crisis as a way out of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Building back better requires transforming the development model of Latin America and the Caribbean
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This brief focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls in sports in five areas - Leadership, Gender-Based Violence, Economic Opportunities, Media Participation and Representation, and Girls Participation in Sport - and presents key recommendations to different actors in the sport ecosystem to respond to the crisis with a gender perspective and recover better in terms of gender equality.
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The Policy Brief "Domestic Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean during the COVID-19 Crisis", prepared jointly by UN Women, ILO and ECLAC, illustrates the situation of special vulnerability faced by domestic workers in Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting the impacts of the current crisis caused by COVID-19. It also describes the measures promoted by social actors and institutions in the countries of the region and makes visible how much can still be done to guarantee the labor rights of domestic workers.
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The Latin America and the Caribbean region has the highest levels of income inequality in the world, with wide gaps in living standards across countries, regions, sectors, and socioeconomic spheres. When coupled with the pervasive gender inequality that persists, the response to Covid-19 becomes immeasurably more complicated, finds a new report by CARE International and UN Women.
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Cash Transfer Programmes (CTP), widespread in Latin America and the Caribbean as a mechanism of social protection to alleviate social and economic difficulties of those living in poverty. CTP has been identified as one of the fastest mechanisms in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
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This document compiles emerging data on the impact of the pandemic on violence against women and girls and aims to provide guidance to public and private actors, those in civil society and the international community. It proposes strategies, recommendations and highlights promising practices to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Crisis management or emergency situations such as COVID-19 can have serious impacts on the lives of women and girls, if gender dimensions are not considered. Issues such as care work, economic autonomy, physical or sexual violence, women's participation in decision-making, disaggregation of data by sex, gender analysis, and irregular migration are just some of the areas of concern that  must be part of an effective response to the health crisis that the world is going through right now. ...
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Analysis and compilation of the General Recommendations and Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, on the rights of Rural Women