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First Conference of Association of Ibero-American Electoral Magistrates

Fecha: (10/17/2017 10:03:12 AM)

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Bogotá, Colombia. The First Conference of the Association of Ibero-American Electoral Magistrates (AMEI) took place September 28-29, 2017 and had as its theme “The Juridical Effectiveness of Decisions that Focus on Feminine Gender.” The Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL) is the Executive Secretariat of the Association.

The objectives of the Conference were to promote and socialize the role of women in the public sphere, especially in the systems of representative democracy and in decision taking; foster a more representative democracy; strengthen electoral justice with respect to equality between men and women; create channels of communication among the Ibero-American electoral authorities, as well as the study of norms and the exchange of experiences in the field, and strive to increase the number of decisions in the area with a focus on the feminine gender.

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The activity was opened by Carlos Camargo and Juan Carlos Galindo (President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and Head of the National Civil Registry, respectively, of Colombia); Luciana Guamaraes Lóssio (President of AMEI), Patricia Fernández (Deputy Representative of UN Women), José Thompson (IIHR/CAPEL Director), Margarita Cabello (Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia) and the magistrates of the CNE.

The agenda of the event included a panel on “The Consequences of the Implementation of the Peace Agreements on the Political Participation of Women.” The panel was comprised of Magistrates Ana Ely López (Guatemala), Ana Guadalupe Medina Linares and Sonia Clementina Liévano de Lemus (El Salvador) with Alejandra Barrios Cabrera and Claudia Mejía Duque (Directors of the Electoral Observation Mission and the Corporación Sisma Mujer, respectively, of Colombia). It was moderated by Ana Cecilia Burgos González, Thematic Coordinator of the Leadership and Political Inclusion of Women, of UN Women.  

Three lectures – “Effectiveness of the Decisions of Judges with respect to the Guaranty of the Rights of Women,” “Impact of Affirmative Action on the Political Participation of Women in the Region” and “Political and Electoral Violence against Women” – were presented by magsitrates of the CNE, María Elena Wapenka Galeano (President of Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE), of Paraguay and Professor Mona Lena Krook (Department of Political Science, Rutgers University), in that order.

Representatives of electoral bodies from 22 Ibero-American countries participated in the Conference and were joined by Mr. Thompson, also IIHR Executive Director, and IIHR/CAPEL staff members Tasheena Obando and Sofía Vincenzi.

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