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The Policy Brief "Public procurement with a gender perspective. Achievements and challenges in Latin America to energize women-led enterprises as an engine for post-COVID-19 recovery" identifies the main barriers that women face when competing in public tenders and collects some examples of good practices to operationalize the inclusion of women in public procurement and contracting in LAC. It also offers recommendations for harnessing the power of government procurement as an opportunity to respond to the economic and social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on women and to advocate for sustainable recovery.
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This document was prepared for the Special Session of Latin America and the Caribbean’s Regional Consultation prior to the Sixty-fith Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) to be held virtually on February 24 and 25, 2021 in the framework of the Sixtieth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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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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The document has been elaborated by Victoria Díaz García, Specialist on Norms, Policies and Standards on women's rights and gender equality at UN Women’s Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean in Panama, and Amanda Tamayo Olea, Intern of M.A. on International Cooperation Development Policies of the University of Málaga.