E.51 - Gender parity and mechanisms that guarantee access to power. of women, in electoral processes

E.51 - Gender parity and mechanisms that guarantee access to power. of women, in electoral processes
Promote parity and other mechanisms to ensure access to power in electoral systems as a precondition for democracy and a target for eradicating the structural exclusion of women in society, which affects mainly those in vulnerable situations, by training women leaders.
Priority measure number


Together with priority measures 48 and 52, priority measure 51 constitutes a group of priority measures aimed at achieving equal participation for women in the formulation and implementation of public policies and in high-level decision-making. This measure is also related to priority measures 53 and 54, as transforming the sexual division of labour and redistribution of the unpaid workload are a fundamental dimension of parity.

Possible lines of action

1. Identify the training needs of female leaders for moving forward with implementation of the gender equality agenda. 2. Develop training institutions for female leaders consistent with those needs. 3. Promote the development of strategies to increase women’s leadership in the various spheres.

Related instruments, forums and mechanisms

Santo Domingo Consensus. In general chapter E (“Gender equality and the empowerment of women for political participation in decision-making”) and more specifically agreement 104 (“Strengthen electoral observation and monitoring mechanisms with a gender perspective as instruments that ensure respect for women’s rights to political representation”; and agreement 106, “Use specific economic and technical measures to strengthen regional gender machineries for political training and education in support of women’s leadership, and promote the participation of the region’s women in such mechanisms, especially young, rural, indigenous and Afro-descendent women, and LGBTTI persons”).

Brasilia Consensus, agreement 3.h (“Promote also the creation and strengthening of citizens’ mechanisms for oversight of electoral processes and the establishment of institutional mechanisms to ensure compliance with legislation aimed at guaranteeing women’s political participation”).

Quito Consensus, agreements vii (“Promote regional mechanisms for providing women with political education and training for leadership such as the recently created Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership”); and viii (“Develop electoral policies of a permanent character that will prompt political parties to incorporate women’s agendas in their diversity, the gender perspective in their content, actions and statutes, and the egalitarian participation, empowerment and leadership of women with a view to consolidating gender parity as a policy of State”).

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women and Sustainable Development Goals (see priority measure 48).

E. Gender equality