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IIHR and CAPEL Director participates in international conference on elections and protection of political rights of women

Fecha: (7/15/2020 5:52:32 PM)

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San José, Costa Rica. On June 24, 2020, José Thompson, Executive Director of the IIHR and its Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL), participated in an international conference on “COVID-19 and the 2020 Elections in Bolivia and the Dominican Republic: Guidelines for the Protection of the Politictal Rights of Women.” The participants in the activity, organized by UN Women, analyzed the risks and challenges in holding inclusive elections free of harassment and political violence against women in view of the elections that will occur this year in several countries of the region. The event was inaugurated with a talk by María-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women.  

Mr. Thompson referred to the role and influence of CAPEL with respect to the electoral bodies of the region, as Executive Secretariat of, among others, the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) and the Association of Electoral Magistrates of the Americas (AMEA). He also spoke on the discrimination suffered by women in exercising their political rights in spite of legal advances, for which it is necessary that the men and women who are members of the electoral bodies place emphasis on the rights of women so that the norms are not interpreted regressively. With respect to the elections that will be held in the current context, he referred to the recomendations and considerations that are to be taken into account in the decisions of the electoral bodies, keeping in mind that the protection of the right to health of voters “cannot be done at the cost of political rights”; an equilibrium must be found by primarily taking into account the principle of non-discrimination. These considerations are included in the brochures of the series Latin America: Elections in times of pandemics, available on the Web page of CAPEL.

Participating in the virtual meeting, in addition to Ms. Vaeza and Mr. Thompson, were Adriana Favela, President of AMEA; Violeta Domínguez, Representative of UN Women in Bolivia; Salvador Romero, President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia (TSE); Tania Montes, in charge of Gender and Political Rights of the TSE, and Rosario Graciano de los Santos, President of the Commission on Gender of the Central Electoral Board of the Dominican Republic.  

Series Latin America Latin: Elections in Times of Pandemics

Fascículo 1 "Consideraciones para el establecimiento de un protocolo para celebración de elecciones en el contexto de una crisis sanitaria" (Brochure 1 “Comsiderations for establishing a protocol for holding elections during a sanitation crisis”)

Fascículo 2 “Dimensiones que inciden en la organización de procesos electorales en tiempos de pandemia” (Brochure 2 “Matters that impact on the organization of elections in times of pandemics”)

Fascículo 3 “El COVID-19 y las elecciones en América Latina” (Brochure 3 “COVID-19 and elections in Latin America”)

More information may be found in the press release of UN Women “Alcanzar la paridad democrática es un bien fundamental para las sociedades” here

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