Chilean Minister Advocates Greater Political Voice for Women
Chilean Women's Affairs Minister Josefina Bilboa called for greater awareness of how gender discrimination is linked to poverty, domestic violence, unhealthy socialization and stereotyping of women, and the lack of political voice that plagues women there in remarks made at the 27th Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLA) last week.
Bilboa echoed ideas presented at last year's 7th Session of the Regional Conference on the Integration of Women into the Economic and Social Development of Latin American and the Caribbean. She said that young women need special leadership training programs and affirmative action programs that will grant them the opportunity to use their skills. She also urged for the empowerment of women's organizations.
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