Elizabeth Villagómez

Elizabeth Villagómez

Elizabeth Villagomez, independent researcher and consultant, has been the Adviser for Economic Empowerment of Women UN Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean and was the first economic adviser at the institution in 2001 as part of UNIFEM. She holds a PhD in Economics. Her professional activity has developed in teaching and applied research in economics with a focus on gender issues. She has worked in Eastern and South East Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, South-east Asia, and the Pacific Islands for various UN agencies and other European and international organizations.
    • Street Harassment and Beyond

        In late April of this year (2016) thousands of Mexican women in more than 30 cities across the country took to the streets demanding a stop to violence against women and in particular to street harassment. Under the #Vivas NosQueremos (literally we want ourselves alive) motto, according to official numbers...
    • Care: A Human Right

      Recognising care as a human right is the key to “unleashing” the economic potential of women, but also the battlefield of a radical change in society. The majority of care work such as cleaning, cooking, and caring for children or elderly, is performed by women and girls.  A report in...
    • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

      In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...
    • Indigenous People Ignored At COP21

      After the hoopla has subsided over the Paris Climate Conference or COP21 just two months ago in December 2015 and in the middle of the strictest security measures due to the horrible terrorist attacks in the city, the news on how climate change is affecting all life in the...
    • GBV and Women with Disabilities

      Persons with disabilities worldwide make up around 14% of the population according to the 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report. Higher rates (18%) are reported for lower income countries and lower rates (around 11%) for higher income countries. Women tend to represent higher proportions mainly due to their longevity...
    • Economic and Social Costs of GBV

      Studies and calculations about the economic and social costs of GBV have been around for the past four decades. Beyond the debates around methodology and actual figures, these costing exercises have contributed to raising the awareness about GBV as a phenomenon that reaches beyond victim and perpetrator independently of...