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 concept of governance, and the reflection on the relationship between gender and institutions. It also emphasizes the work of the women’s movement to achieve the democratization of societies and the regulation of institutional frameworks based on gender parity. Read more
Quotas are one way to ensure that women are given a fair proportion of what is available, meaning equal spaces to influence and effect positive change while making meaningful contributions to the development of all Jamaicans. It's really a matter of fairness, human rights, active citizenship and evidence of a true democracy.
No more than 60% of either gender
The quota system being proposed by the 51% Coalition relates to women on boards and commissions. We propose a gender mix of not more than 60 per cent and no less than 40 per cent of either gender on these decision-making bodies.
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Female candidates, who make up less than 20 per cent of those vying for a seat in Wednesday's local government election, say they are hoping to making a difference.
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THE Jamaica Women's Political Caucus (JWPC), through its Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) programme, has organised a training seminar for active and aspiring women in politics. The programme - funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) - will promote the participation of confident, competent women as frontline politicians and campaign managers/fund-raisers.
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“My simple approach to anything I do is to do the best I can – to use my office well while I am there and to understand that that office is not a place of personal privilege but a high seat of responsibility. So every decision I take must be a decision that furthers the good of others.” - Marlene Malahoo Forte
iKNOW Politics: I would like to start by asking you about your career in politics. When did it start and what inspired you to get involved? What opportunities and obstacles have you encountered in politics as a woman?
I am a lawyer by training. I was on the bench for nine years, and... Read more
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says not enough progress has been made to increase the number of women involved in parliamentary decision-making since adult suffrage in 1944, arguing that the pace at which they are being integrated leaves much to be desired.
"We cannot sit back and feel comfortable because a few women have been able to break through the barriers and create history," Simpson Miller said.
In the 70 years since adult suffrage, only 35 of the 362 persons elected to Parliament have been women.
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Across the world, female political representation continues to be an issue.
Most recently, it’s become a significant issue in Jamaica, where the 51 Percent Coalition has been pushing for more women in Parliament (and in boardrooms) in the country.
So we decided to take a look at the Parliaments in the Caribbean that have the most female members.
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Sandrea Falconer, the minister with responsibility for gender affairs, in a statement in the Senate on Friday, said that women have broken the glass ceiling in politics but there is need for more to be involved in the process.
"We have elected a female prime minister, which means that we have broken the glass ceiling at the highest level of political leadership," Falconer said.
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Women in politics should not allow themselves to be distracted by negative criticisms, St. Lucian Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Tessa Mangal says.
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