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Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Women to the rescue: The gendered effects of public discontent on legislative nominations in Latin America
Political parties act as gatekeepers, meaning that improvements in the representation of women depend on parties’ willingness to nominate women candidates. Previous research suggests that party characteristics and gender quotas largely explain women...
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
After weeks of Latin American protests, expect to see more women elected to office
For several weeks, angry Latin Americans have been protesting in the streets. In Bolivia, citizens are protesting allegedly fraudulent election results. In Chile and Ecuador, they’ve been marching and destroying property over economic inequality....
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The role of political parties in promoting women in politics - UPLA
The Women's Network of the Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA) is a political platform that seeks to promote and strengthen the participation and positioning of women in public decision-making roles in Latin America and the Caribbean. UPLA...
Monday, August 19, 2019
Women, power, & changing face of political representation in Latin America & the Caribbean
By Luis Felipe López-Calva, Gender inequality is about power asymmetries. In the late 1970s, Robert Putnam reflected on the status of women in policy decisions in his comparative study on political elites. Quoting Elizabeth Vallance, he concluded...
Friday, July 26, 2019
Where are the women? A Study of Women, Politics, Parliaments and Equality in the CARICOM Countries
The research had three main objectives: first, to obtain a more detailed picture of the situation regarding women’s political participation in the CARICOM countries; second, to identify contextual factors and analyse how they affect the presence of...
Friday, April 12, 2019
WPL Latin America and the Caribbean regional meeting at Concordia Americas Summit 2019
Women Political Leaders (WPL)  will be hosting the WPL Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting in Bogotá, Colombia on May 14th 2019. Invitees are female politicians from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the participation is by personal...
Thursday, March 07, 2019
CSW 63: Women’s leadership in the national agendas of the Americas and Caribbean
“Women’s Leadership in the National Agendas of the Americas and Caribbean” is a side-event which is being hosted by the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States (CIM) and...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Across Latin America, women fight back against violence in politics
Currently, Latin America is leading globally in local and parliamentary positions held by women. But the journey to political participation is fraught with rising violence and intimidation against women in politics. In the age of #MeToo, we bring...
Monday, November 19, 2018
The law and violence against women in politics
Latin America has been at the vanguard in implementing diverse strategies to combat violence against women in politics (VAWIP). In 2012, Bolivia became the first country to criminalize “political violence and harassment against women” with Law 243....
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Infographic: Women in politics in Latin America
Four years ago, Latin America was home to a third of the world’s female presidents. Today, it has none. But that doesn’t mean the region hasn’t made progress in advancing women’s role in the political sphere. In fact, as of the inauguration of...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Women and Power. Days of political leadership. Connecting struggles and territories
Landed in the 21st century, the century of feminization, If you do a quick search on the Internet of "political leadership" you'll see rows and rows of middle-aged men (or masculinised icons) in a suit with a tie game. Women account for a tiny 3% in...
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Transformational leadership for gender equality in the Caribbean: regional strategies and partnerships
Following recent elections in the Caribbean region, women’s representation in political office has increased, approaching or surpassing parity in some legislative chambers. This progress has drawn attention to women’s contributions to political...
Friday, August 03, 2018
Latin America has embraced quotas for female political candidates
“When a woman enters politics, it changes her. When many women do, it is politics that changes.” So said Florentina Gómez Miranda, a former Argentine congresswoman. Despite its macho reputation, or perhaps because of it, Latin America is unusually...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
ParlAmerica's Training guide: Promoting women's candidacies in the Americas and the Caribbean
In line with its commitment to strengthening democracy and governance in the Americas and the Caribbean, ParlAmericas carries out activities related to electoral processes and women’s political participation. With these objectives in mind,...
Friday, June 29, 2018
The boot camp building a new cohort of female leaders in Latin America
In Latin America, a boot camp for high-potential women in the public sector aims to break the male hold on political decision-making by creating a new generation of female leaders. The intensive program involves coaching sessions, mentoring, skills...
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Video project: “Mapping Gender-Based Political Harassment: Parliamentarians speak out.”
Gender based political violence and harassment is a prevalent challenge expressed by women parliamentarians across the hemisphere. To illustrate the magnitude of the problem and the shared objective of political actors in fighting for its...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Latin America’s Female Leadership Void
SANTIAGO, Chile — After President Michelle Bachelet of Chile leaves office in March, Latin America will have no female presidents. There was a time in 2014 when the region had four: Laura Chinchilla in Costa Rica, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
ParlTools: A new platform by ParlAmericas and UN Women dedicated to parliamentarians
Caribbean countries face complex development challenges shaped by socio-political, economic and environmental factors. These are experienced differently by women and men due to gender inequalities that intersect with variables like class, age, race...