Currently, gender barriers in the labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean represent an obstacle to the insertion of women in highly skilled and leadership-intensive sectors. According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in 2021 women held only 15% of managerial positions and owned only 14% of enterprises.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the labour market, accentuating the gender gap even further. In this regard, it is necessary to promote practices that encourage the inclusion of women in non-traditional sectors, as well as the promotion of more equitable spaces.

  • To disseminate best practices of women's entrepreneurship, as well as the implementation of programmes that support women's insertion in the labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To present the current regional context on women-led entrepreneurship.
  • To generate a space for discussion to identify strengths and weaknesses in the regional gender equity strategy.
  • To present the training strategy with a gender approach programmed by SELA.
Aimed at

Public and private organisations, companies and entrepreneurs who wish to acquire knowledge and tools to promote the integration of women into the labour market and the creation of more inclusive spaces with more opportunities for women in the region.

Session I. Inclusion of women in the labour market and promotion of women's entrepreneurship: lessons and challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean

Moderator: Karla Sánchez. Analyst of Economic Recovery of SELA

10:00 - 10:10
  • Opening remarks by Ambassador Clarems Endara, Permanent Secretary of SELA
10:10 - 10:25
  • Representative of REDMAMla
10:40 - 10:55
  • Representative of Impact Hub Medellín

Session II. Monitoring women's entrepreneurship: assessment and Latin American and Caribbean context

Moderator: Elisabet Torres. Analyst of Economic Recovery of SELA

10:55 - 11:10

Karen Víctor, Researcher of the Direction of Analysis and Research of CELIEM

  • Presentation of results of the monitoring of women's entrepreneurship

  • Public policy recommendations

Session III. Promoting strategies to support women’s entrepreneurship: SELA training workshops

Moderator: Javier Rodríguez. Analyst of Economic Recovery of SELA

11:10 - 11:25

Karla Sánchez, Analyst of Economic Recovery of SELA

  • Regional context of initiatives to support women's entrepreneurship
  • Presentation of proposal and invitation to the training workshop with a gender perspective

Session IV. Conversation on the experiences of women entrepreneurs

Moderator: Klibis Marín. SELA Press Official

11:25 - 11:35
  • Pink Taxi Vzla
11:35 - 11:45
  • Aliadas Venezuela
11:45 - 11:55
  • Marianny Pacheco, HOLA AMERICA Project Manager, ASHOKA
11:55 - 12:10
  • Question and Answer session
12:10 - 12:15
  • Closing remarks by SELA

Date: Tuesday 31 May
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Venezuela time)
Format: Virtual
Platform: Zoom
Registration form:
Language: Spanish