With an increasing number of skilled women professionals, Latin America and the Caribbean is set to become a global leader in gender diversity in business and management. The women’s labour force participation rate in the region increased from 48.5 per cent in 2006 to 49.7 per cent in 2016 – in stark contrast with the decline of the global rate during the same period. The report thus provides clear evidence that more women in the region have made their way in the world of work. The report also shows that the number of women tertiary graduates exceeds that of men in all countries in the region where data is available. Today, many more women are occupying professional, middle and senior managerial positions.
The APEC Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity is among APEC's latest efforts to advance women's economic empowerment throughout the Asia-Pacific region.