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Social Science and Public Policy

Empowering Women in Public Service: Overcoming Challenges in Latin America

March 27, 2024 at 1:30pm3:00pm

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day earlier this month, the Moynihan Institute’s Program on Latin America and Caribbean is proud to host Ana María Baiardi (Paraguay), Patricia Balbuena Palacios (Peru), and Diego Ubfal (Argentina) for an in-depth discussion on the empowerment of women in public service in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Moderated by Maxwell’s de Sardon-Glass Fellows, this virtual talk explores the main barriers that women face in accessing leadership roles in the region. Panelists will analyze strategies and policies to improve women’s participation in governments and organizations, and they will examine the intersectional factors that shape women’s experiences in the search for leadership roles. Specifically, the dialogue will highlight the contemporary situation and advancements of women in public service, with a focus on bridging the gender gap within the public and private sectors. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with experts who promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Patricia Balbuena Palacios 
Senior Consultant in Intercultural Relationships, Indigenous Peoples, and Management for Sustainable Development
Patricia is the former deputy minister of social benefits of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru. She currently works on issues of female empowerment for inclusive development with an intercultural approach at the national and international level (USAID, World Bank, etc.).
Diego Ubfal
Senior Economist, World Bank
Diego Ubfal is senior economist in the World Bank’s Gender Group. He leads work on entrepreneurship and gender and coordinates the Gender Innovation Labs. He focuses on Latin American and the Caribbean, Europe, and Central Asia. Before joining the World Bank, he was assistant professor at Bocconi University. 
Ana María Baiardi Quesnel
Gender, Inclusion and Diversity Manager
Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAF)
Ana María is the manager of gender, inclusion and diversity for CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. She has served as the ambassador of Paraguay to Peru and member of the Board of Qualifications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has been minister of women of Paraguay, vice president of the OAS International Women’s Commission, and other diplomatic roles. 


Fabiola Fatima Casaretto Ibanez
de Sardon-Glass Fellow, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Master of Public Administration ‘24
Rosa Emilia Milagros Arevalo Leon
de Sardon-Glass Fellow, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Master of Public Administration ‘24
Maria Margarita Musante
de Sardon-Glass Fellow, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Executive Master of Arts in International Relations ‘24
Executive Master of Public Administration ‘24

This event was first published on March 15, 2024 and last updated on March 18, 2024.

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