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Monday, October 30, 2006 

Increasing women's political participation:
Twenty Countries Discuss the Need to Adopt Quota Laws and Promote Parity
(6 October 2006)
Eleven Latin American nations have adopted legal quotas to increase women's political participation, but in no country does the number of women elected to national legislatures surpass 36%. This year, with nearly half the countries in the region holding legislative elections, discussion of how to increase women's political participation has gained impetus, and was the focus of the first day of the International Seminar of Gender Parity and Political Participation in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile government, and its National Women's Service (SERNAM).

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