Women's leadership and influence in politics

Women have the right to be leaders in all areas of life, they are 50% of the world's population and 50% of our human talent. Greater diversity in leadership and representation across all spheres has also been shown to positively impact productivity, innovation, legitimacy, and responsiveness.

The CIM seeks to strengthen the leadership and substantive representation of women in politics, through the Inter-American Program to Strengthen Democracy and Women's Leadership . Launched in 2020, the Program will provide training and tools with to women, from a gender perspective, to promote better performance in electoral campaigns, through the Courses for Electoral Candidates; and in the exercise of government positions, with the launch of an academic initiative on leadership and public policies.

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Course for Electoral Candidates

The Course for Women Electoral Candidates is a joint initiative of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM/OAS) and the OAS School of Government, supported by the Agency for International Cooperation of the Government of Spain and the Government of Italy. The course seeks to strengthen the political leadership of women candidates through different tools. This edition is aimed at women candidates for the municipal and regional elections of Peru 2022 and is carried out together with the National Jury of Elections (JNE) in alliance with other organizations based in the country.

  • Dates: July 12 to 19, 2022.
  • To register please click here.

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Inter-American Task Force on Women's Leadership

During the 8th Summit of the Americas (2018), the States of the region established the Inter-American Task Force on Leadership of Women , with a view to positioning the Americas as the leading region in achieving SDG 5.5, helping to accelerate the commitment and actions of all relevant sectors towards greater leadership of women in all areas of power. and decision-making.

The Task Force is made up of key inter-American and international institutions that have recognized experience and programming in areas related to women's leadership, and the CIM acts as its Technical Secretariat.

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Women's citizenship in the democracies of the Americas

This analysis of democratic systems from the perspective of women's rights and citizenship goes beyond classic notions of representation to encompass other spheres of life, including gender, inter-culturalism, reproductive rights and sexual citizenship.

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A Citizens’ Democracy: Visions and debates from the perspective of women’s rights in the Americas

This publication brings together the ideas, strategies and experiences shared during the First Hemispheric Forum "Women's leadership for a citizen's democracy"

Full publication (only available in Spanish, PDF, 8MB)