OECD Review of Gender Equality in Colombia

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In recent decades, Colombia has pursued a strategy to encourage gender equality as an important enabler of inclusive growth and national well-being and to promote gender mainstreaming through institutions, policies and tools. This report assesses four main pillars of Colombia’s governance for gender equality, analysing strengths and identifying areas for further improvement. It examines strategic planning for gender equality policy, a whole-of-government approach to promoting gender equality policy, using government tools to achieve gender equality objectives, and an inclusive and gender-sensitive emergency preparedness framework. The report also provides examples of different approaches in OECD Member and Partner countries to closing gender equality gaps. Based on this analysis, the report proposes solutions to help Colombia strengthen gender mainstreaming and gender-sensitive policy making to promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth.



With its disproportionate impact on women and girls, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated structural gender inequalities in Colombia. Working in sectors hard hit by the crisis, Colombian women have been more vulnerable to job loss than men. Similarly, lockdown measures and school and childcare facility closures imposed an increased burden of unpaid work on women, while exposing them to a higher risk of domestic violence.


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