LIMA Ė The economic empowerment of women is one of the main challenges facing the Americas, Peruís minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations, Marcela Huaita, said in an interview with EFE as the Andean nation assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Inter-American Commission of Women.
The commission held its 37th Assembly of Delegates this week in Lima and many of the discussions centered on giving women greater autonomy and control over their economic situation.
While Peruís term at the head of commission extends to 2019, Huaita will occupy the position only briefly, as a new administration will take office July 28.
She insisted, however, that the change of government will not cause Peru to waver in its pursuit of gender equality, especially in light of the responsibility Lima bears as head of the commission.
Huaita, an attorney who has spent more than 25 years as an advocate for women, said Peru intends to emphasize economic issues during its tenure leading the commission.
She cited data showing that women who start their own businesses often do so ďwithout the necessary training to make their products stand out in the market.Ē
Moreover, Huaita said, because many of the regionís female entrepreneurs start their own ventures out of necessity, they usually donít have the resources to expand and rise above subsistence level.