Chile Congress votes on gender parity in constitutional process

05.03.20 / A bill which imposes gender parity in the body charged with the eventual drafting of a new Constitution was approved by Congress on Wednesday.

Chileans are called to vote on April 26 the continuity or not of the Constitution inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). If a new Constitution is approved, it will be drafted by a Constitutional body chosen with a parity of women and men.

“The representation of women on the political scene is the main deficit of democracy in Chile (…) We need to ensure a constituent process where all voices are heard,” Senator of the Party for Democracy (PPD) Ximena Orden said.

With the vote, the initiative will become law regardless of what happens in the April plebiscite.

Full story at Telesur


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