against women and improving the efficiency and quality of health services.
In the Consensus, delegates agreed to promote women's access to employment by redistributing care work between the State, market and society, and by facilitating training in and use of technology, self-employment and the creation of enterprises in the science and technology sector. Participants were also seeking to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented, such as the academic, scientific, technological and ICT sectors.
Country representatives recognized the importance of unpaid work and stated the need to include accounts on unpaid work on the national accounts system in order to facilitate the formulation and implementation of gender equality policies.
In the Consensus, care is recognized as people's right, and therefore a responsibility that must be shared by men and women from all parts of society, families, enterprises and the State. This involves adopting care measures, policies and programmes that promote shared responsibility in family, working and social life - so as to give women time to engage in employment, studies and politics (and enjoy their autonomy fully).
Countries also committed to developing active policies relating to the labour market and productive employment, in order to ensure decent work for all women, combat precarious and informal conditions that affect mainly the female workforce, and guarantee: equal pay for equal work, an equal participation rate, presence without discrimination in decision-making and authoritative positions and the eradication of occupational segregation.
Delegates also agreed to take measures to facilitate women's access to formal financial services such as saving, credit, insurance and transfers - without any type of discrimination barrier and in equal conditions.
The Consensus acknowledges the work of the ECLAC Gender Equality Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean for its contribution to training and capacity-building, to the exchange and dissemination of information and experiences and to drawing attention to the status of women in the region. Countries committed to support that work and reinforce it through the provision of economic information on the situation of women.
Similarly, delegates suggested developing policies to realize the commitments and targets of the World Summit on the Information Society and the Plan of Action for the Information and Knowledge Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (eLAC2015), for which ECLAC acts as technical secretariat. Countries also felt it necessary to support the inclusion of the issue of gender equality and women's empowerment in the post-2015 development agenda.
Lastly, the Consensus thanked the Government (and particularly the Ministry of Women of the Dominican Republic) for the efficient organization of the meeting, and stated that the 13th session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in Uruguay.
Santo Domingo Consensus (full text).
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