Women and democracy in Latin America: time for parties to make a difference

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Women and democracy in Latin America: time for parties to make a difference

Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas

Latin America has made considerable progress increasing political representation of women, but more active measures are needed to increase outcomes.

With an average of 23.9% in 2014, the proportion of women in lower houses of parliament or single-chamber legislatures in Latin America has increased by nearly 10 percentage points in just over 25 years. Although a notable increase, it is still far from the parity seen for example, in the Nordic countries (42.1%, on average).1 If we conclude that achieving the balance of power between the sexes is still elusive in these democracies despite this progress, we must ask what other institutional elements are needed to achieve it?

To read the full article published on Septembr 11th 2014 by IDEA, please click here.

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