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Panama to Host OAS Course for Women Electoral Candidates

  October 26, 2023

Panama to Host OAS Course for Women Electoral Candidates
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The 19th edition of the Course for Women Electoral Candidates of the Organization of American States (OAS) will be held in Panama City November 13-16, following the agreement signed today between the General Secretariat of the OAS, the Panamanian Ministry of Women and the Panamanian Electoral Tribunal (TE) at the headquarters of the hemispheric Organization in Washington, DC.

At the signing ceremony, the Minister of Women of Panama and President of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), Juana Herrera Araúz, said that, “to achieve sustainable development and inclusive and more democratic societies, it is vital that women participate as agents of change and decision in economic, social and political processes." Minister Herrera also highlighted the relevance of the course - in which 75 candidates will participate - because "it incorporates the gender perspective as an essential element for its effectiveness and prioritizes a practical approach, which will allow them to use the content in their own campaigns."

Meanwhile, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro stressed that such initiatives contribute to including women in political processes. “Women are an essential part of democracy, not only as voters, but as active citizens who mobilize all types of causes, as candidates, as elected authorities who guide the destinies of their communities, their cities and their countries.” He also said that “women's political rights continue to occupy a central place on the OAS agenda” because, despite progress, “many women in the Americas still do not have the full exercise of their political rights.”

The course for electoral candidates “Clara González Edition” – named in honor of the first Panamanian lawyer, creator of the Juvenile Guardianship Court of Panama and renowned feminist activist – is a joint initiative between the CIM and the OAS School of Government, and it aims to strengthen the skills of the participants to improve their performance as candidates, in addition to providing skills to combat gender discrimination with a view to the general elections that will be held in Panama next May.

This is the second time Panama hosts this training, which has the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Reference: FNE-143696