The COVID-19 pandemic hit the Latin America and Caribbean region in a context of low economic growth and increasing poverty and inequalities. The economic and social effects of the pandemic are expected to have a significant impact on women's autonomy. According to ECLAC, 56.9% of women in Latin America and 54.3% in the Caribbean are employed in sectors in which a greater negative effect is expected in terms of employment and income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
This event will evaluate best practices to apply measures to implement SDG 8 from a gender perspective, in order to put women empowerment at the core of the emergency and recovery efforts to avoid long-term damages to women´s job prospects and to build back better and fairer. Including by: a) Addressing the issue of care crisis as a structural element generating the disproportionate impact on women's withdrawal from the world of work during the pandemic. b) Enhancing Digital inclusion for women and reducing the digital gender gap c) Incorporating a gender perspective in recovery strategies, either through public policies by national authorities, public-private partnerships, and other relevant stakeholders.