Latin America is the most rapidly growing and potentially the most dynamic continent for Gender Equity. The next two decades will see profound changes in gender equality and the cultural norms that underlie it. This will have tremendous implications for Latin American countries. One of these implications will be a Feminist tsunami. Latin America has a history of social, economic and political revolution. Latin American governments, which are mostly firmly fascistic, have been slow to acknowledge the vast problems that stem from gender-biased laws and policies.
Latin America is home to almost a third of the world’s population. Yet Latin America and the other side of Latin America, most notably Brazil, are still waiting for legislation that will allow them to fully realize their potential as a reproductive health provider. Without this right, Latin American governments and citizens may find themselves discriminated against when accessing basic healthcare. In addition, Latin America is the only continent that does not guarantee workers a right to strike. All these factors mean Latin America is set to become the new Latin America – a feminist utopia.
Latin America is a region that has traditionally been resistant to progressive social change. The regional policy framework tends to be protectionist rather than inclusive. Latin America has few progressive or liberal institutions that promote gender equality. Latin America’s lack of progressive policies towards gender issues makes the country vulnerable to a backlash against its increasingly feminist culture. Latin America’s future hinges on whether it can unleash its vibrant human resources to build a gender-based society.
Latin America is home to many religious communities that practice conservative gender roles. These communities continue to uphold conservative views on gender roles. Despite Latin America’s progressive stance on gender issues, Latin America’s future as a feminist beacon will not happen overnight. Latin America will require years of sustained effort by Latin American governments and citizens to fully accept and disseminate the rights for women. Latin America has a long way to go to achieve its goal of empowering women. But given Latin America’s current historical circumstances, the recent surge in pro-feminist sentiment cannot be ignored.
Latin America is a continent with enormous potential for economic growth. Achieving the development goal of Latin America would require significant international investment and financing. Latin America’s leaders must commit themselves to the cause of empowering women. Latin America must not wait for other countries to take the initiative. Latin America must insist that the time for Latin America to fight for its feminist future is now.
Latin America has a chance to be the first truly feminist country in the Western Hemisphere. Latin America has the potential to become the next trailblazer on the road to gender equality. If Latin America Unleashes a Feminine Surge, other countries will follow suit, paving the way toward a world free of discrimination and violence.