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Behind the Numbers: Women's Rights

July 22, 2014

The gender-based data on social inclusion clearly indicate the opportunities and obstacles facing women in Latin America—as well as numerous contradictions and complexities. An examination of new trends, laws and policies brings to mind the Spanish expression, “Del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho.” In other words, even in many areas where there appears to have been significant progress, intervening barriers frequently preclude its consistent application.

These persistent stumbling blocks can include insufficient state resources, an uneven infrastructure, lack of political...

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