Congressman Sam Farr hosts a monthly Congressional briefing series called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diverse array of perspectives to highlight emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. Prior panelists include Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Maura O’Neil, Chief Innovation Officer, USAID; and Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, US Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.
Gender Inequality in Latin America
Featuring a short screening of PBS’s
Becoming Papa: Fathers Key to Gender Justice
Wednesday, October 29th
Congressional Meeting Room North
Capitol Visitors Center
Latin America has made headway on gender equality. In 2010, the number of women in elected office increased to 20% and the rate of female participation in the labor force rose to 53%.
At the same time, gender-based violence remains a serious problem. Over half of the world’s countries with high femicide rates are in the region; El Salvador is home to the highest global murder rate of women.
Advancing gender equality is not only the right thing to do, it also has significant development implications. According to the World Bank, the poverty incidence tends to be lower in countries with greater gender equality. But addressing gender inequality throughout Latin America necessitates engaging men and boys.
Please join Congressman Farr's office at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 29th for a panel discussion and short screening of PBS’s Becoming Papa, a documentary about two Brazilian men transitioning towards violence-free lives with the organization Promundo.
Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment
US Agency for International Development
Host, To The Contrary
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service