The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, stressed on Tuesday that comprehensive and effective protection, as well as the rights of women, is one of the challenges facing the region today.
86,000,000 live in extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean
During an event to commemorate International Women’s Day, which was held at the fifth Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development held in Costa Rica, Bárcena reaffirmed her commitment to gender equality, and the importance to avoid setbacks in the achievements made in Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to ECLAC, in 2020 female participation in the labor market in Latin America and the Caribbean registered a setback of 18 years; for which it is estimated that by 2022, the inclusion of women in labor activities will reach 51 percent; while men rise to 73.8 percent.
In this sense, the entity indicated that one of every two women will not participate in the labor market; however, the female sector invests three times the time of men in non-salaried jobs, for which, without accounting for their contribution to the economy, it would be equivalent to between 16 and 24 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“The structural knots of gender inequality are still present and are expressed in the unequal distribution of power, resources, wealth, work and time between women and men, as well as in the persistence of patriarchy and the culture of privilege” , specified the ECLAC Executive Secretary.
Senior government officials also participated in the event, including the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Erika Mouynes; the regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jean Gough; among other.
For her part, the Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity of Argentina, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, pointed out that the fourteenth Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will soon take place in November of this year, will have as its central theme The care society: horizon for a sustainable recovery with gender equality.
“We are all producers and reproducers of society; we take care of our legacy and heritage, we take care of our future, we take care of the earth and we protect biodiversity, the society of care is, without a doubt, the horizon towards which we must walk”, asserted Bárcena.