Despite Success in Politics Many Latin American Women Still Experience Gender Discrimination

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November 15, 2013

Despite Success in Politics Many Latin American Women Still Experience Gender Discrimination

The likely victory of Michelle Bachelet in Chile’s presidential elections will strengthen women’s political power in Latin America, a region where while progressing, still sees millions of women as the victims of discrimination and violence.

Despite women’s success in top positions in politics, a Latin American woman with thirteen or more years of schooling still earns 37% less than men with the same education, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA).

In addition, the female unemployment rate (9.1%) is 1.4 times higher than the male, which is 6.3%, according to the UN, and very few women reach senior positions in the companies.

According to the Latin Business Chronicle American publication, as only 1.8% of all Latin American companies are run by women and, of the 500 largest companies in the region, only nine are headed by a woman.

Publisher: 
The Costa Rica News
Publication year: 
2013