Only 50 per cent of women participate in the labour market in Latin America. The price to pay for the whole region?  A lower level of well-being of the population and negative impacts on the development process for this part of the world. The many protests sparked in Latin America in 2019 shouldn’t come as a surprise then.

This year, to capitalise on the commitment of female politicians in the region, the WPL Latin America Community met in Bogotá, Colombia. Leaders from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico, pointed out that women’s equality is essential for sustainable economic growth and good governance. They also identified current obstacles to the economic participation of women in Latin America.

Rebeca Grynspan, Ibero-American Secretary-General, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, and Executive Director of UN Women also contributed to the final report providing a more global vision of the challenges of the region.