One Size Does Not Fit All: Lessons Learned from Legislative Gender Commissions and Caucuses

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Language: English
Pages: 46
ISBN: 978-91-85724-97-0
Binding: Paperback
Co‑publisher: National Democratic Institute, USA
Co-editors: Keila Gonzalez (NDI) and Kristen Sample (IDEA Internacional)
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Worldwide, women represent fifty percent of the population. However, in the political sphere, the presence of women political leaders, party leaders, candidates and elected representatives is not proportional to this percentage. In the case of Latin America, for instance, women represent only 20 percent of lower chambers or unicameral congresses in the region. In response to this problem, parliaments in this and other regions in the world have created gender commissions and caucuses that seek to address women's needs and interests.

Aware that the equal participation of women in government and politics is essential in building and sustaining democracy, the NDI and International IDEA have created a guide on the experiences of gender commissions and caucuses. This guide seeks to provide information to gender commissions and caucuses and to serve as a tool to help men and women legislators in different countries to exercise good practices in organizing and developing joint efforts that promote an agenda for gender equality.


Capítulo 1 - Mujeres trabajando juntas: formas de organización de las mujeres en los congresos

  1. ¿Por qué se organizan las mujeres dentro del Poder Legislativo?
  2. ¿Cuáles son las opciones?
    1. Comisiones: propósito, estructura, membresía y operación
    2. Bancadas: propósito, estructura, membresía y operación
    3. Un tercer camino
    4. ¿Modelo mixto? Beneficios de contar con una bancada de género aun cuando exista una comisión de género
  3. Organización del trabajo colectivo. ¿Cómo lograr la mejor estructura organizacional de acuerdo con los objetivos de las mujeres en el Poder Legislativo?

Capítulo 2 - Buenas prácticas: Ideas para el trabajo de mujeres más alla de las líneas partidarias

Reto: Establecer consenso sobre temas y prioridades
Reto: Construir propuestas viables y atractivas e incidir al interior de sus bancadas
Reto: Tener amplia capacidad para generar base social de apoyo para la elaboración y aprobación de las propuestas
Reto: Incorporar la perspectiva de género en forma transversal en el resto del quehacer legislativo o, más ampliamente, dentro de las políticas y operaciones de Estado


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