From Words to Action: Best Practices for Women’s Participation in Latin American Political Parties

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Language: English
Pages: 62
Binding: Paperback
Co-authors: Beatriz Llanos and Kristen Sample Researchers: Jutta Marx y Jutta Borner (Argentina) Gloria Ardaya (Bolivia) Luis Felipe Miguel (Brasil) María Emma Wills y Diana Cardoso (Colombia) Marcela Jager (Costa Rica) Marcela Ríos, Maggi Cook y Daniela Hormazábal (Chile) María Fernanda Cañete (Ecuador) Yolanda Guirola (El Salvador) Claudia López (Guatemala) María Antonia Martínez (Honduras) Daniela Cerva (México) Eva Samqui Chan (Nicaragua) Mariela Arce (Panamá) Milena Pereira y Maridí Gonzales (Paraguay) Beatriz Llanos (Perú) Magaly Pineda (República Dominicana) Niki Johnson (Uruguay) Magdalena Valdivieso (Venezuela)
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This manual provides political party members and leaders with the means to implement concrete strategies for achieving equality for women within party organizations and to access positions of power and representation.

More than a year of research and field work in 18 Latin American countries is condensed in this publication, which describe 95 "good practices" implemented by party organizations. It also analyzes the progress and the challenges still facing women in politics, both in the region and in each of the countries studied.

The production of an English version was undertaken by UNDP and was made possible through the generous support of the United Nation’s Development Programmes Gender Team, in the Bureau for Development Policy. This publication is also available in Spanish

Foreword Acknowledgements

  1. Introduction
  2. Research Methodology
  3. Using the Handbook of Best Practices
  4. Women and Politics in Numbers
  5. Quotas and More: “Knots” in Women’s Political Participation
  6. Obstacles At Home: The Role of Political Parties in Women’s Underrepresentation.
  7. From Rethoric to Best Practices
    7.1. Statutes and Declarations of Principles 7.2. Internal Organization 7.3. Recruiting 7.4. Elections and Leadership Advancement 7.5. Training 7.6. Electoral System Reform 7.7. Financing 7.8. Government Plans 7.9. Inter-Party Agreements 7.10. Relationship with Civil Society 7.11. Media
  8. Learning from Best Practices


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