Development without gender equality is not possible, according to ECLAC

September 26, 2015

There can be no significant progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals if gender equality is ignored, said the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, at the special Summit that approved on Friday the new agenda of development for the next 15 years.

In the second interactive dialogue entitled “Addressing inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind”, held within the framework of the UN General Assembly in New York, Alicia Bárcena assured that development must include equality gender because otherwise it is neither development nor sustainable.

The event was led by the Presidents of Croatia and Kenya and was attended by other authorities, representatives of UN agencies, funds and programs, and civil society.

To achieve the emancipation of women, Bárcena stressed that three autonomies are essential: physical, economic and political. “To identify the structural gaps we must break the statistical silence,” he said.

In relation to economic autonomy, the official recalled that in Latin America and the Caribbean one in three women still do not have their own income, while for men, that ratio is one in 10. Furthermore, only half of the women Women participate in the labor market and eight out of 10 work in low-productivity sectors.

Regarding physical autonomy, she indicated that gender-based violence still continues to be a problem in many countries in the region, despite the efforts of governments and greater public awareness. Barriers also persist in relation to political autonomy that prevent women from having a greater participation in decision-making.

“Economic inequality cannot be understood without considering the violence suffered by women, their sexual and reproductive rights and their participation in decision-making,” remarked the Executive Secretary of ECLAC.

September 26, 2015

There can be no significant progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals if gender equality is ignored, said the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, at the special Summit that approved on Friday the new agenda of development for the next 15 years.

In the second interactive dialogue entitled “Addressing inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind”, held within the framework of the UN General Assembly in New York, Alicia Bárcena assured that development must include equality gender because otherwise it is neither development nor sustainable.

The event was led by the Presidents of Croatia and Kenya and was attended by other authorities, representatives of UN agencies, funds and programs, and civil society.

To achieve the emancipation of women, Bárcena stressed that three autonomies are essential: physical, economic and political. “To identify the structural gaps we must break the statistical silence,” he said.

In relation to economic autonomy, the official recalled that in Latin America and the Caribbean one in three women still do not have their own income, while for men, that ratio is one in 10. Furthermore, only half of the women Women participate in the labor market and eight out of 10 work in low-productivity sectors.

Regarding physical autonomy, she indicated that gender-based violence still continues to be a problem in many countries in the region, despite the efforts of governments and greater public awareness. Barriers also persist in relation to political autonomy that prevent women from having a greater participation in decision-making.

“Economic inequality cannot be understood without considering the violence suffered by women, their sexual and reproductive rights and their participation in decision-making,” remarked the Executive Secretary of ECLAC.