In order to empower women and support their autonomy—physically, politically and economically—it is crucial that public policies, projects, legal frameworks and regulations have a “gender lens", taking women and men’s different needs into consideration to tailor more effective responses.
Despite all the progress, women in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to face discrimination in access to work, economic assets and participation in private and public decision-making—particularly those in poor communities and rural areas. While poverty decreased globally—also in the region— the ratio of women to men in poor households in the region increased from 108 women for every 100 men in 1997 to 117 women for every 100 men in 2012, according to the UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goal Report 2015.
By promoting gender equality and empowering women as agents of change and leaders in the development processes that shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient world. Photo: UNDP in Guatemalamore