Women still face gender gap in Latin American, Caribbean politics

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Mimi Whitefield – Miami Herald – Tuesday, 25 October 2011 (originally published 20 Oct)

In Latin America and the Caribbean, more women are in top jobs, and gender quotas in 14 countries help women climb the political latter. But parity is an elusive goal in most countries.

With President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s win in Sunday’s Argentine’s election all but assured and a woman leading the largest country in Latin America, it might appear that the political glass ceiling in the hemisphere has finally been cracked.

Only about half of Latin American women are affiliated with any party. And a database compiled by the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance shows that when women run for office, they’re less likely to be elected than men and they still hold relatively few key positions in political parties . . .

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