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Women and power

"The concept of democracy will only have a real and dynamic meaning when policies and national legislation are decided jointly by men and women and pay equal attention to the interests and skills of the two halves of the" population." Declaration of the IPU - UN 1992

Leadership and political participation of women is essential to ensure sustainable and peaceful democracies and is a matter of women's human rights. However, women are still being largely marginalized in the political sphere in the world, often as a result of laws, practices, attitudes and discriminatory gender stereotypes.

Women who have agreed to political decision-making positions always have found resistance since they challenged prejudices and vindicated the public space for women, a space reserved to male power. The violence against women in politics has become a tactic to prevent or limit the participation of women by limiting their access to places of power. When a woman holds a position of decision it is systematically victims of intimidation, violence and harassment, which sometimes generates the defection, and sometimes even death.

In Latin America, the violence against women in politics has been identified as a worrisome problem, violence that is given to women in formal politics and community leaders, environmental and human rights defenders. This situation worsens when women are some no majority ethnic group, have non-binary sexual orientation and/or come from rural areas.

Latin America and in response to this problem, agreed from the consensus of Quito (2007) take legislative measures to reverse the situation. Currently Bolivia is the only country which has adopted a specific law against violence and political harassment. (Act 273)

With the aim of promoting this path initiated by Bolivia in Latin America, recognize the problem, as well as visualize the leadership of women in the region, Alliance for solidarity and ActionAid respond to its commitment with the defense of the rights of the women, by the women days and power. Political leadership; connecting struggles and territories.

With these encounters aim is:

  1. Identify the most effective strategies for overcoming the obstacles
  2. Alliances between the various political leaders and social movements from Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Haiti, Guatemala, and the United States, with women and organizations of the Spanish State.
  3. Position agendas of rights of women in the exercise of policy.
  4. Question the patriarchal order established, in order to build a more just, sustainable and peaceful global society.

The initiative is framed within the scope of the achievement of the ODS 5: “Lograr la igualdad entre los géneros y empoderar a todas las mujeres y las niñas"." It specifically aims to contribute to the 5.5 target being set"Ensure the full and effective participation of women and equal opportunities of leadership at all decision-making levels in the political, economic and public life."

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