Latin American Women in Pension Plans: Advance their rights; shatter discriminations, by Nieves Rico

The low quality of pension systems, and their inaccessibility, powerfully reflect the gender inequality faced by women in Latin America. The exclusion of many women in these systems can be explained by two related factors. Firstly, there is a lesser possibility of women regularly contributing to social security and of them contributing as much as men. Secondly, the pension systems lack a gender perspective, which is visible in the openly discriminatory formulas used to calculate pensions. Various areas of cooperation between the EU-CELAC can be identified in order to tackle this. The interregional exchange of knowledge derived from the implementation of policies, and a dialogue on information sources and indicators of inequalities, are but two examples on how to advance towards a sustainable development that includes gender equality and shatters discrimination. Read paper

María Nieves Rico is the Director of the Division for Gender Affairs at the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

This paper was prepared for the EU-LAC Foundation’s Newsletter of September 2016 on the theme “Equitable access by women and men to public services.” This article gives the views of the author, and not necessarily the position of the EU-LAC Foundation or its members. This is a translation of the responsibility of the EU-LAC Foundation; to read the original version in Spanish, please follow the link.