Mexico’s gender quota system has made a significant difference for women seeking election to the Mexican Congress. In the last 15 years, the percentage of seats occupied by women has increased from 10 to 26 percent.
But at the municipal level, women have not had such success. The number of women mayors in the country averages 5.5 percent, and in some areas the percentages are smaller. An example is the Mexican state of Michoacán, on the central western coast, which elected just three women mayors in its 113 municipalities.
To address those disparities, the “Academy for Future Women Mayors” kicked off last month in Michoacán to help provide women activists from all registered political parties with the motivation, skills and networks to position themselves to win mayoral races.