2014: A big opportunity for women in politics

(WIP, January 2014)

2014 will be a crucial year in terms of changes in women’s representation in Parliaments. 40% of the population will vote during the next 365 days around the globe. But will we finally achieve a better gender-balanced representation? As it is one aim of the mission of WIP to see more women in Parliaments, we will be monitoring this year’s elections to see how women perform.

From more than 40 countries, Costa Rica will be one of the first to go to the ballot boxes next February. Even though there are no female candidates to replace the outgoing President Laura Chinchilla– currently one of the four female presidents in Latin America – the country has one of the best records in women representation in Parliament in the region. Costa Rica ranks 15th in the Inter-Parliamentary Union’sWorld Classification; with 38.6% of female MPs, and has a new gender quota system which ensures that 50% of all candidates are women. Likewise, Bolivia and Colombia are voting this year with new quota systems which could have a significant impact on the election results in South America.

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