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A Gender (R)evolution Underway

Expanding Economic Opportunities for Women in Central America: Decade in Review

una revolución de género en marchaThis report aims to identify the factors underlying trends: stagnant rates of female participation in the labor force, in contrast to the decline in the wage gap and the larger contribution to overall income which are evident in Central America between 1997 and 2006.
The results of this analysis can be used to shape public policies helping overcome remaining obstacles and accelerate the growth of women's capacity to participate in economic activities to benefit not only women themselves but also their families and society as a whole.
For example, increasing labor participation from Central American women in order to reach the global point matching the equivalent level of GDP per capita would result in two million people out of poverty in Central America.

You are kindly invited to read the entire text of this Spanish publication at:


Work and Family Life Balance – An Issue Impacting Everyone

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center taken up in a recent article in Bloomberg Business Week, work and family life balance is no longer just a women's issue. Data collected in the study indicate that 50% of working parents and 56% of women said they found it difficult managing to strike a balance between work and family life.
According to the study, 46% of men surveyed were dissatisfied with the amount of time they spend with their children and said they felt it was very little. In comparison, just 23% of women surveyed had the same complaint. Furthermore, it is estimated that men spend now three times more time with their children than their grandparents did.
Times have certainly changed and although women still devote more time to housework and childcare, men's participation has increased. In 1965, men did only 11% of domestic chores and 20% of children care. By 2011, men carried out 35% of domestic chores and 33% of childcare.
For further discussion on this article and research see our Spanish blog:

Presentation on the Work - Family Life Balance

AnepOn Thursday, May 9, Dr. Susan Clancy will be participating in an event organized by the Work – Family Life Balance Committee of the Costa Rican National Association of Private Enterprise (Asociación Nacional de la Empresa Privada - ANEP), sponsored by the International Labor Organization (ILO.)
During the event, Dr. Clancy will be discussing the importance of striking a balance between professional and personal life, and will address best practices toward this end.
ANEP is a not-for-profit engaged in coordinating private-sector efforts toward the economic, social and cultural development of El Salvador. It also represents El Salvador's economic productive strength, bringing together more than 49 union organizations from 55 economic subsectors and over 14 thousand companies.
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Women in Costa Rican Private Enterprise

UCCAEPOn Monday April 29, 2013, Dr. Susan Clancy participated in an event organized by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprise (Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones de la Empresa Privada - UCCAEP) At that event the importance of women participation in the labor force of Costa Rica was covered in its fullness, focusing particularly on the importance of women's participation in senior management.Costa Rica Event

UCCAEP is a nonprofit umbrella organization that brings together and represents private business organizations belonging to the most dynamic production sectors of the country. UCCAEP mission aims at contributing to the socioeconomic development of Costa Rica where women play an important role in competitiveness.

Female Economy

In a recent publication of El Financiero newspaper in Costa Rica, Dr. Susan Clancy elaborated on why companies in Latin America should have more women in managerial positions. In this opinion article, Dr. Clancy reveals how gender diversity is a good strategy, as well as an issue of value added and business competitiveness in the 21st century.



Do men want women at the top?

Conferencia Gratuita Susan Clancy

To learn more about the benefits of having more women in top management positions, Dr. Susan Clancy, Director of INCAE's Center for Women's Leadership, gave two free lectures in Nicaragua and Costa Rica on the topic Do men want women at the top? including,

  • Why is women's leadership necessary for competitiveness in 21st.-century organizations?
  • Current organizational, cultural, and individual barriers. Understanding men resistance to overcome these barriers.

The event brought together important members of the public and the private sectors of each country as well as many INCAE alumni.




The Future of Central America: Opportunities and Challenges

RockefellerOn March 22, 2013, INCAE Business School and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University held a conference entitled "The Future of Central America: Opportunities and Challenges" at INCAE's Francisco de Sola campus in Nicaragua .
Founded in 1994, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies works to increase awareness of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and issues of Latin America, both past and present.
This activity brought together professors from Harvard and INCAE as well as experts from a number of non-governmental organizations in the region, who analyzed four major topics: democracy in the region, economic opportunities, gender and violence, and public safety and drug trafficking.
INCAE Professor and Director of the Center for Women's Leadership Susan Clancy participated in a panel of experts, providing input on the status of women in Central America. Dr. Clancy said that not all are bad news, since women in Central America enjoy higher levels of education, health, and survival than men in the region. Also she reiterated the importance of having more women in positions of power within the public sector, in order to propose and enact laws that criminalize violence against women, as is the case in Nicaragua with the recently passed law against violence against women.



Equal Opportunity Forum

COHEPLast March 19, 2013 Dr. Susan Clancy, INCAE's Professor and Director of the Center for Women's Leadership gave a lecture in Honduras on Gender and Human Development in the Honduran Private Sector.
This event was organized by the Gender Committee of the Board of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP) and sponsored by the International Labor Organization (ILO) to promote greater participation of women in business.
The first lecture was offered on the premises of the Asociación Hondureña de Maquiladores (AHM) in San Pedro Sula and the second in the Hotel Honduras Maya in Tegucigalpa. This is the first country where Professor Clancy offered this lecture sponsored by ILO. In the next two months she will be giving lectures in Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.


Nicaragua – New World Leader in Women's Empowerment?


In a recent opinion article published in the Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diario,Dr. Susan Clancy, Director of INCAE's Center for Women's Leadership, discusses the interesting case of the gender gap in Nicaragua.
According to the latest report of the World Economic Forum (2012), Nicaragua ranks ninth worldwide in terms of gender equality, being the only Latin American country among the top 10, well above the United States.
Read the full text of the article at the Center for Women Leadership Blog (in Spanish).



Women in Latin America Need More Business Training

In an article published by Estrategia &  Negocios magazine, Dr. Susan Clancy shared the main reasons why the world and specifically Latin America need more women in graduate business schools.graduates

You are invited to read the entire article which provides interesting arguments about women and organizations in the region (in Spanish).