Fecha: (3/15/2021 11:40:13 AM)
San José, Costa Rica. The Association of Women Electoral Magistrates of the Americas (AMEA), a non-governmental body comprised of women magistrates and high-level administrative staff of the electoral bodies of the Americas, held its first special meeting on March 8, 2021.
The meeting opened with a welcome from José Thompson, Director of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL), which was followed by Adriana Favela Herrera (Advisor of the National Electoral Institute of Mexico) handing over the presidency of the Association to Doris Méndez (Magistrate of the National Electoral Council of Colombia).
Ana Pérez, Coordinator of the Area of Policies for Gender Equality of EUROsociAL, and Cecilia Alemany, Deputy Regional Director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean, sponsors of the Regional Observatory on Democratic Parity and Political Violence, then spoke on efforts to reach the objective of building democratic parity in the region.
For its part, IIHR/CAPEL, which has a long history of promoting the political rights of women through research, publications and training, together with the Association, of which it is Technical Secretary, used the meeting to launch the Web page (http://amea.iidh.ed.cr/) and the aforementioned Observatory (http://amea.iidh.ed.cr/observatorio-regional-de-amea/presentaci%C3%B3n-observatorio/). Presenting their contents was Katia Uriona (former President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia), accompanied by Andrea Tercero and Katherine Fernández, of CAPEL. This public good, in the words of Ms. Alemany, will enable the systematization of information for studying the situation of the political-electoral rights of women and the formulation of proposals and their adoption to achieve democratic parity and a life free from violence for women politicians.
Finally, Line Bareiro, a Paraguayan expert, analyzed the status of the political rights of women in the region. In addition to its Director, representing CAPEL were its Coordinator, Sofía Vincenzi, who moderated the meeting, and its international advisor, Andrea Tercero, who was in charge of the technicial aspects of the meeting.