Costa Rica

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Photos from election day in Costa Rica, February 2, 2014 We invite you to see the full article published February 2, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Costa Rica will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 2, 2014. It's Legislative Assembly currently has 22 women (39%) out of 57 seats. According to Articles 2 and 148 (1) of the 2009 Electoral Law, all nominations for elections...
Agnes Francesci Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica
Monday, March 25, 2013
Interview with Ms Agnes Francesci, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The author reponds to the following questions: What laws have been adopted in Latin American countries regarding funding for women in politics? To what extent have these been adopted and what sanctions are there for incompliance? Analyzing the...
Sunday, July 29, 2012
In this document the author analyzes the legislation on political parties' electoral funding from a gender perspective in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil and Panama.  
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
30 Years of Democracy: Riding the Wave? Women’s Political Participation in Latin America. “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.” This report examines the progress made in women’s participation at all...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Costa Rican voters appear likely to elect Laura Chinchilla the country’s first female president, a protege of Nobel laureate Oscar Arias who holds a nearly 20-point lead over two male rivals ahead of Sunday’s balloting. Laura Chinchilla’s election...
Friday, January 22, 2010
The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term. In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 57 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.Description of electoral system: * The President is elected by...
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This publication draws together the experiences and lessons learnt by Central American women working on promoting gender equity in local government. Opportunities and obstacles for women presented by decentralisation are explored with reference to...
Friday, February 20, 2009
This consolidated response highlights some of the important aspects and examples of mainstreaming gender into legislative frameworks in the Americas. Some of these include the creation of national machineries to promote gender equal policies, the...
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This paper analyzes the consideration of gender issues by political parties in Latin America and assesses circumstances under which political parties best incorporate gender demands.
Monday, April 21, 2008
This Declaration, known as a pedagogic and debate work tool, is a proposal, in permanent construction, of the Declaration of Human Rights from a Gender Perspective, that integrates the progress related to human rights since 1948. It presents the...
Monday, April 21, 2008
This Report evaluates the evolution of the Cairo Program of Action, and focuses on sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health. It identifies and analyzes the normative progress in 20 countries in the region. It also presents...
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This document analyzes the changes in Latin America and the relationship between democratic governance and the reform of gender inequality practices. It provides two sections that evaluate the concept of governance, and the reflection on the...
Epsy Campbell President of the Acción Ciudadana Party, Costa Rica
Monday, January 14, 2008
"In the game of politics, everyone thinks that they’re the best. So if you’ve got a reason to be there, you have to keep on progressing." -Epsy Campbell iKNOW Politics: Welcome, Epsy, and thank you for finding time to speak with iKNOW Politics....