Even though many survey respondents say they will not vote for a woman in the Argentine presidential elections, Senator Cristina Fernández appears to have a clear run to succeed her husband, Néstor Kirchner, in the top job, analysts say.
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On a cold Monday morning in June, some 50 women from various political backgrounds gathered in this Argentine port city to talk about gender roles inside the home. They conceived of a society in which men and women of all classes share both the responsibility to care for children and the sick and elderly and have the option to work.
Panelist Silvia Augsburger, a socialist former congresswoman, said the “classic idea” of men as the primary wage earners without family responsibilities is no longer viable in Argentina.
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In Argentina the overwhelming majority of decision-making posts in the most diverse areas are occupied by men, with the exception of the presidency, held by Christina Fernandez. This conclusion was reached by a quantitative study, "Sexo y poder. ¿Quién manda en Argentina?" (Sex and Power: Who Runs Argentina?), presented in Buenos Aires in May by the Latin American Justice and Gender Group (ELA). The academic group developed a Women's Participation Index (WPI) and applied it to thousands of public and decision-making positions in over 4,000 state and private institutions and... Read more
Description of government structure: •Chief of State: President Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER * •Head of Government: President Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER •Assembly: Argentina has a bicameral National Congress (Congreso de la nación) consisting of the Senate (Senado) with 72 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados) with 257 seats. * The electoral system is two-round. To avoid a runoff, the winner must win 45 percent of valid votes. Alternatively, she must win 40 percent of valid votes and at least 10 points more than the next-placed candidate. Description of electoral... Read more
Hundreds of people are streaming off buses and into a dingy sports hall on the edge of town to cheer the woman everyone expects to be Argentina’s next president.
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At first glance, Argentina looks almost like a matriarchy. Not only is Cristina Fernández the first woman to be elected as its president, but her nearest challenger in October's election was another woman, Elisa Carrió.
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Latin America is known for having its share of macho strongmen leaders, but Argentina appeared set to elect its first woman president on Sunday and residents of its cosmopolitan capital seemed ready for change.
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This study focuses on the activity of revising constitutions which reflects a changed perception of their importance and purposes. Changes start with constitution-making, whether as a form of negotiation or the consolidation of social victory or reform. However, the record of the effectiveness of these constitutions is uneven. Read more
President Cristina Fernandez Victory Front managed to remain as the leading political force nationwide on Sunday’s congressional primaries but her opponents emerged exceptionally strong in the all-important province of Buenos Aires and the other main districts of the country, to the extent that some political analysts anticipate the beginning of the end of the ten years of Kirchnerism.
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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 related to human rights since 1948. It presents the following chapters:I. Rights of identity and citizenship.II. The right to peace and to a violence-free life.III. Sexual and reproductive rights.IV. Right to development.V. Environmental rights. Read more
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
This toolkit provides you with resources and ideas to help focus your efforts to fight domestic violence, sexual violence and trafficking and to give you a framework for action. It contains not only specific case studies of women across the globe, but it also provides policy background as well as concrete examples of what you can do to mount a campaign to combat human trafficking, sexual violence or domestic violence. Contact the authors at sfoster[at]stepheniefoster.com and cindydyer[at]vitalvoices.org. Read more
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 in 20 countries in the region. It also presents issues relating to HIV/AIDS prevention and violence against women. The legislative situation has been examined independently of enforcement or actual impact, except in those countries where different reports have been made for committees monitoring compliance with United Nations conventions and treaties. Read more
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.”
This report examines the progress made in women’s participation at all levels of public and party decision making, in the three decades since the start of the third wave of democratization, drawing on data from 18 countries in the region. It goes beyond mere numbers, highlighting not only the progress that has been made, but also some of the obstacles that women face in public life and presents a number of... Read more
This paper describes the experience of Argentina with gender quotas. It discusses the factors that led to its implementation, focusing particularly on the role of women in ensuring the adoption of quota laws. It also examines the strategies for and resistance to the adoption of gender quotas as well as presents an evaluation of the impact of quotas on Argentinean politics. Read more
A little more than two months have gone by since the most recent midterm elections were held in Argentina. Amidst widespread concern over a drop in foreign reserves, it seems that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government has started to make significant changes to preserve the economic and political model in place while trying to respond to international financial markets’ expectations. Such changes may mean that the polls were heard and that the government could realize the time has come for implementing a different strategy.
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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 Latin America. It provides an overview of the presentations and discussions that emerged from the workshop, as well as the full papers submitted by the experts. Read more