Quotas are essential to curb the gender gap, say labour panellists

Gender quotas are necessary to improve equality and overcome bias in the workplace, but they must be used as part of a wider programme that encourages cultural and institutional change, agreed an all-female panel at the 4th Latin Lawyer Labour & Employment conference held in Miami on 26 September.

Quotas are essential to curb the gender gap, say labour panellists

Siaska Lorenzo, Ines Bahachille and Maria Fernanda Font (Credit: Freedom Film LLC /Christopher Lazzaro)

“I am the result of quotas,” said Siaska Lorenzo, a partner at Arias (Panama), in a panel moderated by Carolina Camacho of Colombia’s Posse Herrera Ruiz. “When I started in the US three years ago, I ran against four male candidates for the same position and, because I was a Latin American woman, I was hired.”

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