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


A call to action to boost women’s leadership and parity democracy in the Americas

“A call to action to boost women’s leadership and parity democracy in the Americas” is a policy paper published by the Inter-American Task Force on Women's Leadership, which highlights the commitments already approved by the States regarding women’s political participation, including a call to action to accelerate efforts to reduce representation gaps and advance parity in decision-making.

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Repository of initiatives and publications on women's leadership

This repository is an initiative by the partner institutions of the Inter-American Task Force on Women’s Leadership. It is aimed to provide a mapping of the initiatives and experiences implemented and addressed to promote and strengthen women’s leadership as well as their participation and equal representation in decision-making, in order to recognize and disseminate the efforts carried out throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, and boost the multiplication of commitments and actions from all of the key stakeholders in achieving the target 5.5 of the Sustainable Development Goal 5. In addition, the repository contains a data bank of specialized publications on topics related to women’s leadership at different ambits in order to provide knowledge products on this matter.

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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