September 9, 2013
The Road to substantive democracy: Women’s political participation in the Americas
The democratic current witnessed in some countries of the Americas during the latter half ofthe 20th century, which led to the overthrow ofrepressive regimes, has brought aboutsignificant changesto the political and electoralsystems of the region. While there have been setbacks and resistance in some countries, the reforms of electoral, government, and political party systems all pointto a strengthening of democracy.
Nevertheless, there is broad consensus among the governments of the Hemisphere that women’s participation in the public and political life of their countries is still limited, and that the traditional discrimination and exclusion practiced against women in society continues to be a relevant factor.