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OAS begins drafting a model law on gender equality in politics

OAS begins drafting a model law on gender equality in politics

The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) marked this Thursday the beginning of the process of preparing a “Inter-American Model Law” on gender parity in public and political life in search of “strengthen the democracy parity in the region.”

The secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, participated in the forum; the permanent representative of Spain to the OAS, Carmen Montón, and the executive secretary of the CIM, Alejandra Mora.

The process of drafting this model law, as explained by the participants, begins with a regional call to collect practices, topics of interest, public policies and regional references regarding parity in the powers of the State.

According to UN Women, women occupy the 36% of parliamentary seats in Latin America and the Caribbean, compared to the 32% of the parliaments of Europe and North America.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, women occupy the 27% of positions in local deliberative bodies, compared to the 37% of those positions in Europe and North America, according to that United Nations organization.

In Spain, gender-balanced electoral lists have been mandatory since 2007 and as a result, in 2023, the Congress of Deputies will have a percentage of 44.3% women and a 43.3% in the Senate.

“Latin America has global leadership in terms of political parity,” Costa Rican lawyer Larissa Arroyo, from the CEDAW Agenda Working Group (United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women), stated in an interview.

“A significant group of countries in the region have parity policies, thanks to which today it is the region in the world with the most female legislators”he added.

“But the data show that women do not access decision-making positions in private companies, civil society and public image in the same proportion as men. The participation of women is essential, we are the ones who experience this situation. “This inter-American law can be a very valuable resource,” held.

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Source: Gestion

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