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Gender Quotas at the Global Level: Towards Parity Governance?



Scientific Coordinators: Ruth Rubio Marín (EUI) and Eléonore Lépinard (Université de Montreal)


There is a global trend towards the endorsement of gender quotas in political and economic decision-making structures raising the question of gender parity as global governance aspiration. International and regional organizations which have endorsed the use of gender quotas include the UN, ILO, OECD, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Organization of American States. Moreover, these global and regional institutions appear to be increasingly coordinating among themselves, but also linking up with national and local initiatives in their efforts to advance the agenda of women’s empowerment.


This High-Level Policy Seminar is intended to provide a systematic and comparative perspective on the adoption and implementation of gender quotas in political and economic structures throughout the world, but also, and more importantly, to discuss their underlying logic, expected effects for women and for other minority groups, as well as their conceptual contributions to widespread legal and political understandings of equality, democracy and global governance.



Emilio Álvarez Icaza Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Julie Ballington Political Participation Advisor, UN Women

Gretchen Bauer Professor, University of Delaware

Drude Dahlerup Professor, Stockholm University

Melanie Hughes Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Fianna Jurdant Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Brigid Laffan Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI

Eléonore Lépinard Professor, Université de Lausanne

Aparna Mehrotra UN Women’s Senior Adviser on Coordination and Focal Point for Women in the UN System

Álvaro Oliveira Legal Advisor on Corporate Gender Quotas, European Commission

Jennifer Piscopo Assistant Professor, Occidental College

Darren Rosenblum Professor, Pace Law School

Ruth Rubio Marín Professor, EUI

Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden President and CEO, The Paradigm Forum

Aniela Unguresan Cofounder, The Gender Equality Project





httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDg6pHtubI0 Aparna Mehrotra, UN System Focal Point for Women on UN-SWAP

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