Course for Women Electoral Candidates

The Course for Women Electoral Candidates is a joint initiative of the OAS School of Governance and the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM). It is aimed at women who have decided to run as electoral candidates, both at the national level and at the local level.
The first edition of the course was developed in Mexico in 2018.

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The course have been carried out with the support of partner institutions located in countries of the Americas. It has an online phase, which lasts two weeks, and a one-week face-to-face phase that takes place in the partner country or at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Leadership, political communication, digital security, political negotiation and gender bias are some of the topics that the course is intended to teach. To address them, the program includes colloquiums and debates, in which experts and special guests participate as instructors.

7 editions have been undertaken in different countries of the Americas: Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Panama, Bolivia, Colombia and Costa Rica. Five of these editions have been hybrid courses (online and face-to-face) and two have been entirely in-person: Bolivia and Costa Rica.

Altogether, 295 candidates have been trained to run for public positions: to be presidents, senators, deputies, mayors, vice-mayors, department governors, indigenous governors, councillors, town councillors, mayors, aldermen and syndics.

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