Being a women in Latin America and the Caribbean is widely
seen as being synonymous with greater levels of inequality. The inequality of
women in comparison to men is greater if we factor in the degree to which women
participate in political decision-making processes, their access to professional
opportunities, their involvement in economic decisions and the power they wield
over economic resources. According to the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM) for
2007, all LAC countries reported levels of below 0.7, with the sole exception
of Trinidad and Tobago.
Women from the region continue to work for relatively less pay than men, even
in the case of women and men with the same qualifications. Moreover, there are
more women than men engaged in the informal economy, effectively meaning that
many women do not enjoy access to labour-related social welfare benefits and face
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and documents on gender-based inequality within the region.