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Investing in women: a profitable path to empowerment and equality

Friday, May 21, 2021

Panama, May 04, 2021.   In Latin America and the Caribbean there is a significant, but often unnoticed, gap. It is one more form of inequality, another form of discrimination against women: access to credit.   According to data from IDB Invest, the division of the Inter-American Development Bank that works with the private sector, in 2017 microenterprises owned by women received US$5 billion less in financing than those run by men.  And in Small and Medium Enterprises...

Together: Resisting, supporting, healing!

Friday, May 14, 2021

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia , we bring you the voices of eight LGBTIQ+ activists sharing their stories of resisting, supporting, and healing.

How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis

Friday, May 7, 2021

Women in Ecuador have stayed in the páramo, an ecosystem in the Andes, despite the threats that desertification, overgrazing and other human activities pose to their sustenance. With funding from the Municipality of Madrid, UN Women is working with the Azuay provincial government to improve the resilience of communities in Azuay province through a comprehensive intervention that includes women-led sustainable agricultural production. The project is also dismantling gender stereotypes and empowering women to contribute to decision-making processes in their communities.

A new generation on the rise: generation equality. Gender inequality is a barrier for sustainable development and the construction of a more just society.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Originally published in the Huffington Post . Twenty-six years ago, the IV World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, where 189 countries expressed their intention to focus their efforts towards women's empowerment and gender equality. Despite this commitment, changes in this area - although significant in some cases - have been too slow for what reality demands. Gender inequality is a barrier to sustainable development and the construction of a more just society, and the emergency...

Women in Leadership: Miosotis Rivas Peña, "As women we have prepared ourselves to exert power on an equal footing with men and we must be considered for it".

Friday, April 30, 2021

Why is it important for women to lead? It seems to me that there are several reasons, but I would like to list the following: first, because we must help visibilize the contribution of women in the development of our countries and communities.This will contribute to change the patriarchal social imaginary that has been built and that has made the role played by women in our societies invisible. Second, because of the strength that diversity offers. In a world full of opportunities,...

We have the right to make time for ourselves

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tengo 24 años, soy de Morasloma, pasé toda mi infancia aquí, con mis dos hermanas y un hermano. Soy madre soltera. Vivo con mi hijo, a mí no me importa lo que me diga la gente. Al principio sí fue difícil salir adelante con él sola, pero ahora no, porque un abrazo de él, un beso de él recompensa el sufrimiento que tuve. Terminé el colegio, también seguí un curso de belleza y pensé seguir en la...

An equal future in the páramo

Thursday, April 22, 2021

I am 50 years old and have been married for 30 years. I have four children, the oldest is 28 years old and the youngest is 13. I was born in a sector called Las Nieves. I only went to school for two years. I dropped out because my parents passed away, so I couldn't go anymore. I really suffered a lot during my childhood because I lost my mother when I was 6 years old and that was hard, very painful and I had to stay at home with my siblings and when I was 12 years old my father passed away. ...

Mother Earth Day

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Women are essential agents of change in their communities to increase the resilience of their environments, as well as to mitigate and confront environmental degradation and climate change

If we don't have water, we don't have life

Thursday, April 22, 2021

I am sixty-three years old. I was born in this little land we call Hornillos. They say that a long time ago there were many brick kilns, but now all that is over. There used to be more people here than in Morasloma. Now there are few of us left, it is empty. I have always lived here; I have not gone to live anywhere else. Here I live alone, planting corn, potatoes, wheat, barley. The hardest part of farm work is cultivating the land, we suffer a lot weeding because if we do not do that we do...

Women in leadership: Vanessa González Peña, the Venezuelan activist working to defend the human right to migrate in Chile

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Photo: UN Women/Vanessa González Peña Vanessa González Peña is a 28-year-old psychologist who decided to migrate to Chile two years ago due to the social and economic situation in her native country. Since November 2020 she is the president of the National Migrant Coordination, and from there she seeks to make visible the gender inequalities present in migration. Fighting against xenophobia, racism and hate speech against migrants in Chile, particularly...

M, Mujeres que suenan: a podcast with the voices of female latin musicians

Monday, April 19, 2021

Argentine singer and songwriter Nathy Peluso kicks off the season with reflections on her experience of being a woman in the music industry, anecdotes and stories that have marked her career. As part of UN Women's Generation Equality campaign, a new season of the podcast M, Mujeres que suenan has just been launched. It is a series of conversations that record the stories, talent and perspective of female musicians from around the world, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean....

UN Human Rights and UN Women urge Brazilian authorities to rigorously investigate attack on Munduruku Wakoborûn Women's Association headquarters

Monday, April 19, 2021

Foto: ONU Brasil/Karina Zambrana  The UN Human Rights Offices for South America and UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean have received with concern information from affected leaders about the March 25 attack on the headquarters of the Munduruku Wakoborûn Women's Association in the city of Jacareacanga, in the southwestern state of Pará. Reports of attacks against human rights defenders are increasingly frequent in the country, especially against indigenous...

COVID-19 has accelerated the digitalization of the most vulnerable people and also of women microentrepreneurs

Friday, April 16, 2021

La discusión se realizó en un Webinar organizado por Microserfin y ONU Mujeres con el objetivo compartir los retos y oportunidades que ofrece la digitalización para seguir promoviendo el desarrollo de las mujeres rurales, su inclusión financiera y el empoderamiento económico. Panamá 24 de marzo de 2021. La pandemia ha puesto de manifiesto la urgencia de reducir la brecha digital que sufren especialmente las poblaciones en situación de...

Why We Must Invest in Women, More than Ever

Friday, April 16, 2021

'Bells' for gender equality are ringing in stock markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, as a powerful sign that a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery will depend largely on how much more we invest in women.  By: María Noel-Vaeza, Gema Sacristán  Women's Day is different in 2021. We celebrate women and their struggle to achieve gender equality, after a pandemic that has affected women in a very particular way. They are the ones who have suffered the...

UN Women, ILO and ECLAC propose a "basic basket" to bridge the digital divide between men and women

Friday, April 16, 2021

As part of International Women's Day, much has been said about the disproportionate impact on women of the COVID-19 pandemic, the confinement measures and the economic consequences of the health crisis. It is a situation that has exacerbated other pre-pandemic inequalities, the burden of care at home, unemployment and, above all, situations of violence against women and the increase in femicides. On Tuesday, March 9, UN Women, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Economic...

UN Women and CONMEBOL sign agreement to strengthen women's soccer in the region

Friday, April 16, 2021

In the framework of the 74th Ordinary Congress of the South American Football Confederation, a memorandum of understanding was signed between UN Women and CONMEBOL to promote the empowerment and rights of women and continue building an equal future. Sports are fundamental to contribute to the development of girls, adolescents and women, as they have a positive impact on the strengthening of self-esteem, empowerment and the prevention of violence against women and girls.  ...

UN Women and SEGIB present legislative advances and challenges for women's economic empowerment in Ibero-America

Friday, April 16, 2021

Over half (59%) of Ibero-American countries do not have laws that guarantee the principle of equal pay for work of equal value; in almost two thirds (64%) of them, women's freedom of choice of employment is restricted; and in practically all of Ibero-America (96%) paternity leave is equal to or less than 15 days. At an event organized by the Government of Ecuador, UN Women and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the results of the study "Advances and Legislative...

Violence against women: a shadow pandemic aggravated by COVID-19

Friday, April 16, 2021

A few days ago, I shared with the women ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean, civil society and international organizations my constant concern for almost a year. Behind the visible pandemic, there is a hidden pandemic: gender-based violence against women.   This shadow pandemic, we already know, was already present long before the appearance of SARS Cov-2 in our lives. But it has been tremendously exacerbated by the worldwide social, economic and health impact of the...

March 8: Women, politics and the pandemic

Friday, April 16, 2021

María Noel Vaeza Directora Regional de ONU Mujeres para América Latina y el Caribe I begin with some revealing data on women in politics. Twenty-five years ago, there were 12 women heads of state in the world. Today there are 22 in 195 countries. In 1995, there were 10% women parliamentarians globally. Last year there were 23%. While these figures may indicate that there has been progress in women's political participation, it has not only been painfully slow, but...

I am Generation Equality: Moana Tepano Contesse, Rapa Nui activist, committed to the preservation of the environment and her culture

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Foto: ONU Mujeres/ Lupita Valdés    Caring for the environment and creating opportunities for young people to learn, share, develop their talents and interests through the legacy of their ancestors, is what motivates Moana Tepano Contesse, an 18-year-old activist of Rapa Nui origin, to participate in advocacy initiatives. Her activism has led her to present a self-sustainability project she designed in events such as COP 24, held in Poland, where she highlighted...

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