SIGI 2020 Regional Report for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Gender equality and women’s empowerment can only be achieved if countries take action to tackle and eliminate discrimination in their legal frameworks, social norms and practices. The SIGI 2020 Regional Report for Latin America and the Caribbean provides new evidence-based analysis on the setbacks and progress in achieving gender equality between 2014 and 2019. The report uncovers discrimination in social institutions faced by Latin American and Caribbean women in various dimensions; within the family and household context, in relation to physical integrity and access to productive and financial resources, as well within the political and civil spheres. It also explores various development perspectives such as the cost of discriminatory social institutions for Latin American and Caribbean countries and the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for women and girls. Building on the regional and sub-regional analysis of how discriminatory social institutions continue to hinder efforts toward SDG 5, the report provides a set of policy recommendations to reshape gender norms, promote women’s empowerment and build a truly inclusive society.


Restricted civil liberties

This chapter presents an overview of women’s discrimination in terms of civil liberties. It examines discriminatory social institutions – formal and informal laws, social norms and practices – that limit women’s fundamental liberties and political rights across 29 countries in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), covering areas such as political voice, citizenship rights, freedom of movement and access to justice. The chapter also seeks to provide policy makers with the necessary tools and evidence to design gender-responsive policies to tackle gender inequality in the civil and political spheres.



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