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Photos from election day in Costa Rica, February 2, 2014 We invite you to see the full article published February 2, 2014
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all...
Interviews Resource
Interview with Ms Agnes Francesci, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27,...

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Expert responses Resource
This consolidated response highlights some of the important aspects and examples of mainstreaming gender into legislative frameworks in the Americas. Some of these include the creation of national...
Costa Rican voters appear likely to elect Laura Chinchilla the country’s first female president, a protege of Nobel laureate Oscar Arias who holds a nearly 20-point lead over two male rivals ahead...

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This Declaration, known as a pedagogic and debate work tool, is a proposal, in permanent construction, of the Declaration of Human Rights from a Gender Perspective, that integrates the progress...
Academic Paper / Article Resource
This document analyzes the changes in Latin America and the relationship between democratic governance and the reform of gender inequality practices. It provides two sections that evaluate the...
The likely victory of Michelle Bachelet in Chile’s presidential elections will strengthen women’s political power in Latin America, a region where while progressing, still sees millions of women as...

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The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 4-year term. In the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) 57 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.Description of...
Case Study Resource
In this document the author analyzes the legislation on political parties' electoral funding from a gender perspective in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil and Panama.  
Interviews Resource
"In the game of politics, everyone thinks that they’re the best. So if you’ve got a reason to be there, you have to keep on progressing." -Epsy Campbell iKNOW Politics: Welcome, Epsy, and thank you...
Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post Resource
The author reponds to the following questions: What laws have been adopted in Latin American countries regarding funding for women in politics? To what extent have these been adopted and what...

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International Agreement and Action Plans Resource
This Report evaluates the evolution of the Cairo Program of Action, and focuses on sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health. It identifies and analyzes the normative progress...
Costa Rica will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 2, 2014. It's Legislative Assembly currently has 22 women (39%) out of 57 seats. According to Articles 2 and 148 (1) of the...

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30 Years of Democracy: Riding the Wave? Women’s Political Participation in Latin America. “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”

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Data and Statistics Resource
This report contains sections on the socio-political participation of women and provides statistical information on the evolution of applying gender equality policies.
Report / White Paper Resource
This paper analyzes the consideration of gender issues by political parties in Latin America and assesses circumstances under which political parties best incorporate gender demands.

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Case Study Resource
This case study documents the results of a workshop that brought together researchers and practitioners to collect country- and region-specific information on quota implementation and enforcement in...

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Report / White Paper Resource
This publication draws together the experiences and lessons learnt by Central American women working on promoting gender equity in local government. Opportunities and obstacles for women presented by...