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University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Gender Quota Laws for Political Representation in Latin America

Lucia Martelotte, 25 Years of Quota Laws in Latin America

Abstract

In the last two decades, the majority of Latin American countries approved quota laws with the goal of reducing gender inequalities in the political arena and guaranteeing the effective fulfilment of women's political rights. The functioning and effectiveness of these mechanisms vary according to the design of the regulations and their linkages to the electoral system. In spite of advances, important challenges remain. In light of this, the debate on the political participation of women has evolved from quotas to parity. However, the discussion must not be approached from a purely numeric perspective or restricted to the public sphere; other dimensions of women's autonomy (physical and economic) must be taken into account. It is only once the conditions necessary for women to exercise their full autonomy are in place that achieving gender parity in democracy will be possible.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2017/09/gender-quotas-for-political-parties-in-latin-america.html

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