Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chavez Moran Celebrates the Growing Role of Women

As the proud son of a schoolteacher from Mexico who dedicated her life to helping children overcome the destructive combination of ignorance and poverty, Daniel Chavez Moran recommends this article on women in leadership roles in Latin America found in the Wall Street Journal:

“Latin America ranks second only to Nordic Europe in terms of the percentage of women elected to parliamentary-level posts, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a grouping of legislative bodies world-wide. In countries such as Argentina and Bolivia, two of the most advanced in terms of women in national office, the percentage is well over 30 percent, according to data compiled by International IDEA, an intergovernmental agency that promotes democracy around the world.

“But sociologists and electoral scholars say multiple other factors have combined in recent decades to give women greater say in Latin American politics. For one, women for decades have held significant sway in community issues and grass-roots movements—female leaders and women's groups have fought for democracy and against dictatorships across the continent—even if top offices were held by men.

“As Latin America embraced democracy, toppling traditional parties and eroding once-powerful old-boy networks, new opportunities emerged in recent decades for female leaders, especially considering that female voters account for at least half of the electorate in most countries—and tend to vote for women.”

For more about Mexican philanthropist Daniel Chavez Moran and the Fundación Delia Moran A.C., which continues his mother’s work, read here.

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