Why women’s leadership?

Women have the right to participate fully and exercise their leadership in all spheres of life, including the economic, social, political, technological and cultural spheres. Greater diversity in decision-making and leadership has also been shown to positively impact productivity, innovation, legitimacy and responsiveness.

The 2030 Agenda has created opportunities for the effective empowerment of girls and women, however there are many objectives that still need to be met. Women’s full participation in decision-making is a prerequisite for overcoming inequalities and finding more equal and inclusive responses.

Women's Participation Data ECLAC, IMF


Inter-American Award for Good Practices in Women’s Leadership

This call seeks to recognize, highlight and amplify public policies as well as initiatives from the private sector and civil society that promote an increase in the number of women in leadership positions and/or strengthen their empowerment and advocacy capacity in decision-making. The ultimate aim is to contribute to closing gaps and inequalities from a rights perspective, valuing the ability to innovate, generate significant impacts, combine synergies, strategic alliances and, above all, consider leadership from a comprehensive, rights-based intersectional perspective, so that no woman is left behind.

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Pronunciamiento frente a la crisis del COVID-19

Women are fighting the pandemic on the front lines: They are the majority of doctors, nurses, and care workers as well as among cleaners in public and private sectors, at home through the care of children, the elderly, and the sick. Women are also leading critical efforts as part of regional and local response; private and social initiatives.

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Featured Events

Women Leaders from the region and international and Inter-American organizations call for action to boost women’s leadership and parity democracy...

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As a result of the event, Vice Presidents and leaders of multi-lateral organizations called on the Ibero-American States to ensure the equal participation of women in all areas of decision-making....

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The event brought together important leaders from the Americas, who were unanimous on the need to ensure women’s participation in decision-making as a requirement of democracy...

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The event brought women leaders who are confronting the pandemic as well as experts in gender and health, who addressed the challenges and opportunities for women’s leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Dialogue on women's leadership in the private sector

Santiago, Chile. January 30, 2020

With this event, the Task Force seeks to promote that both public administrations and companies engage with specific measures aimed at increasing the number of women who participate in management positions in the public and private sectors.

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The Summit brought together more than 250 representatives from the government, the diplomatic community, the private sector, expert groups and NGOs, along with academia and the media.

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Dialogue with Permanent Missions to the OAS

Washington DC., October 1, 2019

This dialogue was an opportunity to discuss how Member States can actively participate in the initiatives being promoted by the Task Force and, likewise, to explore good practices of the countries that can serve as references points for the actions that will be promoted...

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Inter-American Commission of Women
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA)
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UN Women
Development Bank of Latin America
Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL)
Comité Latinoamericano y del Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer (CLADEM)
Ibero-American General Secretariat
IDEA International