Gender mainstreaming in Latin American Parliaments: A work in progress

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This publication is only available in electronic format
Published: 
6 October 2011
Language: 
English
Pages: 
52
ISBN: 
978-91-86565-27-5 (Print)
Author(s): 
Jutta Marx, Jutta Borner
Co-Publisher(s): 
Inter-Parliamentary Union
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Gender equality in political participation is essential when evaluating the level of development in democracy. For decades women have been systematically kept on the sidelines and often faced the challenge of adapting to rules or parliamentary life created in their absence. 

Greater participation by women in political representation is first and foremost a matter of justice but also raises expectations about the role female legislators should play in representing gender issues.

This report, carried out jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and International IDEA, describes and analyses the progress of gender equality in Latin America. 

Contents

Acknowledgements

Executive Summary       

Introduction

1. Women’s participation in national parliaments in Latin America

2. Parliamentary procedures: formal and informal rules

3. Mainstreaming gender issues and women's interests into the work of parliament

4. Some considerations on the predominant role of political parties in ensuring the equal participation of men and women in politics

5. Conclusions

Annex

Notes

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Top row from left to right: Patricia Torsney, Permanent Observer for the Inter-Parliamentary Union to the United Nations; Anne-Marie Goetz, Professor of Global Affair at the New York University; Maria Bassols, Deputy Permanent Representative for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations; Malene Almeida, Coordinator at Praia City Group on Governance Statistics; Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Senior Advisor at International IDEA. 

Middle Row from left to right:  Annika Silva-Leander, Head of Democracy Assessment at International IDEA; Keboitse Machangana, Former Director of Global Programme at International IDEA; Annika Savill, Executive Head for the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF); Njeri Kabeberi, Chair of International IDEA’s Board of Advisers; Sarah Lister, Head of Governance at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Margot Wallström, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. 

Bottom row from left to right: Pippa Norris, Lecturer and Political Science at Harvard University; Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation; Maria Leissner, Ambassador at Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Riika Laatu, Finnish Ambassador to Myanmar; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. 

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