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Arena proposes raising gender quota for candidacy lists



Arena delegates presented an initiative to reform the political party law.

Arena delegates presented an initiative to reform the political party law.

The Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) has submitted a proposal to amend the Political Parties Law to expand the gender quota in candidacy for general electoral office from 30% to 50% and to guarantee alternating between men and women.

Currently, Article 38 of the Political Parties Law stipulates that the list of delegates to the Legislative Assembly, the Central American Congress (Parlacen) and the Municipal Assembly with 30% participation of women must be consolidated “at least” . Each list is considered in an integrated manner. That is, it includes potential owners and deputies.

In the 2021 elections, women have won 24 prestigious positions in the Legislative Assembly. This represents her 28.6% of the total seats, two fewer than in 2018.

reach parity

One of the aims of the proposal is to achieve gender equality from the internal elections of political parties, establishing that “political parties must ensure rules regarding the application of equality and substitution between men and women in their candidacy” and that political parties Establish that it will be integrated into 50% men and 50% women, says the proposal to reform Article 37 of the Regulation.

They want these rules of equality and rotation to apply to national, departmental and local payrolls.

“Political parties should avoid appointing women to positions on their lists who did not get the percentage of votes to win the House of Councilors in past elections. It means that it will no longer be used for.” Deputy Silvia Regalado.

They propose funding political parties to promote women’s participation and representation up to 15% of the political debt.

The gender gap is pervasive.

The report, “Equal Political Participation, Contribution to Sustainable Development. El Salvador Diagnosis by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Political Equality Index,” UN Women and International IDEA, found that women have more We emphasized that there is a widening gap to achieve great representation.


El Salvador’s diagnosis in the UNDP-IDEA Political Parity Index shows that most political parties interpret gender quotas as upper bounds rather than lower bounds.

Source: Diario Elmundo

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