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Latin America leads the world with the highest percentage of women legislators - 36.8% in national parliaments, 10 percentage points higher than the global average. Despite this, women in politics face significant challenges, including socioeconomic barriers, limited access to leadership roles, and instances of political violence.

At this event, our panel will discuss factors contributing to the substantial representation of women in Latin American politics, scrutinise the influence of gender quotas in Latin America and beyond, and assess the effects of this representation on legislative processes that can be applied globally.

Join the King’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership for the launch of Representing Women in Latin America. This report is the first in a series that offers a global perspective on the status of women in politics across different regions.


  • Anna Gwiazda, Reader in Comparative Politics, King’s College London
  • Cecillia Makonyola, Head of Practice and Inclusion, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  • Jennifer Piscopo, Professor of Gender and Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Vanilda Souza Chaves, Visiting Researcher, the King’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and co-author of Representing Women in Latin America
  • Minna Cowper-Coles, Research Fellow, the King’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (Chair)

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Research Fellow

Dr Anna Gwiazda

Reader in Comparative Politics

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