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INCAE study on women’s social progress in Latin America jointly presented with CNN en Español

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IMG 3042Considering the issues and challenges faced by the region to move towards a more equitable society, offering equal opportunities for development and linking women productively to sustainable growth strategies, INCAE Business School launched a new research and regional impact project. The Study on the Social Progress of Women in Latin America focuses on identifying the development potential of women in the region and on opportunities for improvement in terms of impact policies and action. The event was held last November 9 at Campus Walter Kissling Gam and attended by 100 participants.

According to co-founder of the Social Progress Index Roberto Artavia, Women's Social Progress is "an innovative effort to create new measures of progress for women, and is part of the broader strategy of the Social Progress Imperative to move from data to action to impact".

Research on The Social Progress of Women in Latin America: Towards the Construction of Equitable Societies- 2017

was led by Dr. Camelia Ilie-Cardoza, Dean of INCAE and Chair of the Center for Collaborative and Women's Leadership; Jaime García, Senior Researcher of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE, and Dr. Guillermo Cardoza, Full Professor of INCAE. During the event Dr. Ilie-Cardoza presented the strategic guidelines and the major conclusions and recommendations of the study. Next Jaime García explained details of the work methodology and specific results.

According to Dr. Ilie-Cardoza, "Intervention models based on legislation, policies, and gender data collection have not yielded results. Quite the opposite. In spite of significant investment, we are experiencing major setbacks, especially in civil rights, participation in public life, and the impact of women on national economies. Through the Women's Social Progress project we are proposing a new intervention model based on fostering initiatives to increase women's level of social progress by enhancing women's education, leadership, economic status, and active participation in public and political life".

The study revealed the inadequacy of programs and policies and the need for strategies to facilitate access to aid as well as to educate on the use of current mechanisms. In other words, rather than new mechanisms, new forms of communication and use of mechanisms are needed. In addition, three major issues related to research on education were addressed: inadequate knowledge about scholarships and support for women's education, lack of women's prioritization of education on science and technology, and women´s restrictions to have a successful teaching career.

The event concluded with a high level panel on Women and their Social Progress in Latin America, attended by research leaders and expert panelists from each of the four pillars of research: civil rights, education, economics, and public/political leadership. The goal was to analyze results and identify guidelines and measures to take in order to promote sustainability and equity throughout Latin America. CNN en Español's main anchor Patricia Janiot served as moderator.

"My slogan as a Congresswoman was, "While not everything can be solved through legislation, in the absence of legislation progress is impossible. Currently 70% of women's complaints are about domestic violence; apparently women's bodies are still objects," said Ana Elena Chacón, Vice President of Costa Rica who attended the event.

According to IDB Representative in Costa Rica Fidel Jaramillo Buendía, "Women's education exceeds that of men in 18 out of 20 Latin American countries. However, women are underrepresented in sciences, politics, and business. This study shows women's direct perception of current reality. It is not just a matter of fairness in relation to women's rights, but rather an economic, social, and political issue".

The conceptual framework for this research project was based on the Social Progress Index (SPI) from the Social Progress Imperative. The Social Progress Index is the first comprehensive model in the world measuring human development apart from economic variables. Unlike traditional models, the SPI focuses on carefully measuring the effects of economic growth on social well-being in order to conduct effective interventions to promote inclusion, gender equity, and sustainable development.

The methodology proposed to analyze the Women's Potential for Progress measures, from the beneficiaries' perspective and experience, the conditions and impact of social, institutional, and regulatory measures designed to improve gender equality. Indicators assessed in the four components of the model (Civil Rights, Educational Potential, Economic Potential, and Political Potential) include access to civil equality laws, equality policies in education, access to labor flexibility plans, ease of entrepreneurship, equal access to public positions and political leadership, and perceptions of gender role in the environment.

The tool was designed and validated through a pilot test in late 2016 and was applied on a platform in the first half of 2017. It provided 5,469 responses from professional or entrepreneur women from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

Last May 22, INCAE and CNN en Español officially established a partnership to address critical issues in Latin America. This research, led by Senior CLACDS Researcher Jaime García, is being used, distributed and reproduced by CNN en Español and covering impact issues such as Renewable Energy, Sustainable, Intelligent Cities and Exponential Technologies. The two studies chosen by CNN to launch by year end are Social Progress of Women and Entrepreneurship of Women in Latin America and their Role in Economic Development. These are led by Dr. Camelia Ilie-Cardoza, Dean of INCAE and Chair of the Center for Collaborative and Women's Leadership.

CNN en Español will publish the Social Progress of Women in Latin America: Towards the Construction of Equitable Societies study on its website on November 20. In addition, it will offer a number of reports in Portafolio Global and several airings on November 20, 21 and 22.

Leaders participating in the high-level panel on Women and Social Progress in Latin America included,
Patricia Janiot, Anchor - CNN en Español (moderator).

Ana Elena Chacón, - Vice-President of Costa Rica.

Fidel Jaramillo, Director - Inter-American Development Bank, Costa Rica.

Xavier Vargas Montealegre, President - Cargill Proteína Latinoamérica.

Evangelina Avendaño, Regional Finance Director, Ernst & Young Central America, Panama & Dominican Republic

Camelia Ilie, INCAE Dean & Chair - Center for Collaborative and Women's Leadership.

Alberto Trejos, Dean – INCAE Business School.

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