Gender Lens 1

Women In Leadership

In the region, women occupy only 8% of the seats on company boards of directors and 1.2% of companies have a woman as CEO (Chief Executive Officer). Only 4.2% of the executive board of the businesses operating in the stock market are women and only 7.2% of all the executive positions belong to them. When they reach a decision-making position, it is usually in support roles, for example, human resources managers. In the public administration, it is no different: they represent a fifth of senior management positions.

Although there are proven benefits for companies that promote women’s participation in leadership – for example, a third of women on the board of directors is 18% more likely to improve business results – Latin America has the highest proportion of companies without women in executive positions (22%). To change this situation, eliminating stereotypes and taking advantage of women’s talents, organizations need affirmative actions and programs that promote their presence both in management positions and on the board of directors.


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Women In Leadership

Toolbox Introduction

This lens addresses the presence of women in leadership positions and the adoption of an inclusive governance approach with a gender perspective, as this allows companies to have better policies and programs to promote equality and close gender gaps, as well as assess their diversity and inclusion. 

It is composed of the following tools: 

    1. Path towards integrated and inclusive governance.
    2. Inspiring women’s experiences.
    3. Test for an integrated governance with a gender perspective.
    4. Plan of action for gender equality.
    5. Manifesto for gender equality.
    6. Agile leadership: Culture of innovation with a gender perspective.

Path towards integrated and inclusive governance

Inspiring women’s experiences

Test for an integrated governance with a gender perspective

Plan of action for gender equality

Manifesto for gender equality

Agile leadership: Culture of innovation with a gender perspective

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