Women, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America

  • Tomáš Došek
  • Flavia Freidenberg
  • Mariana Caminotti
  • Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Flavia Freidenberg, Mariana Caminotti, Tomáš Došek
    Pages 1-11
  3. Women’s Descriptive Representation: From Quotas to Parity

  4. Women’s Substantive Representation and Policymaking

  5. Public Opinion, Social Media and Gender

  6. Promoting Women’s Political Participation: The Role of Domestic and International Institutions

  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Flavia Freidenberg, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Mariana Caminotti, Tomáš Došek
      Pages 215-232
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-243

About this book


This book discusses the current tendencies in women’s representation and their role in politics in Latin American countries from three different perspectives. Firstly, the authors examine cultural, political-partisan and organizational obstacles that women face in and outside institutions. Secondly, the book explores barriers in political reality, such as gender legislation implementation, public administration and international cooperation, and proposes solutions, supported by successful experiences, emphasising the nonlinearity of the implementation process. Thirdly, the authors highlight the role of women in politics at the subnational level. The book combines academic expertise in various disciplines with contributions from practitioners within national and international institutions to broaden the reader’s understanding of women in Latin American politics.


Latin American politics Democracy Gender quota Women's representation Latin America Parity laws Violence against women Gender equality Women's human rights Gender policy network Gender political structure Public opinion Gender gap Gender mainstreaming control de convencionalidad Affirmative action measures Advocacy Female president

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomáš Došek
    • 1
  • Flavia Freidenberg
    • 2
  • Mariana Caminotti
    • 3
  • Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Political SciencePontifical Catholic University of ChileChile
  2. 2.Institute of Legal ResearchNational Autonomous University of MexicoMexico
  3. 3.School of Politics and GovernmentNational University of San MartínArgentina
  4. 4.Organization of American StatesUSA

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