Colombia’s Constitutional Debate on Gender Quotas: The Link between Representation, Merit, and Democracy

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Title Colombia’s Constitutional Debate on Gender Quotas: The Link between Representation, Merit, and Democracy
O debate constitucional sobre as quotas de género na Colômbia: o vínculo entre a representação, o mérito e a democracia
 
Creator Jaramillo Ruiz, Felipe
 
Subject Derecho, Ciencia Política
Gender quotas; democracy; Colombia; Constitutional Court

Quotas de gênero; democracia; Colômbia; Corte Constitucional.
 
Description Gendered quotas have been one of the preferred instruments for promoting women’s participation and empowerment in public decision-making positions. This study analyzes Colombia’s constitutional validation of gender quotas. It examines how ideas of merit were articulated in favor and against the enactment of gender quotas. In doing so, it argues that the centrality of merit in the constitutional debate on gender quotas is fundamentally flawed, for it ignores the subjective nature of merit, limiting the type of experiences and potential that matter in democratic representation. From this perspective, the primary idea that men and women need to show that they ‘deserve’ to occupy representative positions undermines feminist critique on representation. In this sense, the article contributes to the debate on women’s global leadership by revealing the risks of merit-driven arguments for advancing women’s democratic representation.
As quotas de gênero têm sido um dos instrumentos preferidos para promover a participação e o empoderamento das mulheres nas posições de nível decisório. Este estudo analisa a avaliação constitucional das quotas de gênero na Colômbia. Assim, examina como as ideias de mérito de articularam em favor e em contra da promulgação da lei de quotas. O artigo argumenta que a centralidade do mérito no debate constitucional sobre as quotas de gênero é perigosa, enquanto que ignora a natureza subjetiva do mérito, o que limita o tipo de experiências e o potencial que pesam na representação democrática. Desde esta perspectiva, a ideia principal de que os homens e as mulheres devem demostrar que ‘merecem’ ocupar posições representativas socava a crítica feminista à representação. Neste sentido, o artigo contribui ao debate sobre liderança flobal das mulheres ao revelar os riscos dos argumentos baseados no mérito para promover a representação democrática das mulheres.
 
Publisher Universidad del Rosario
 
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Date 2019-01-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://revistas.urosario.edu.co/index.php/desafios/article/view/6723
10.12804/revistas.urosario.edu.co/desafios/a.6723
 
Source Desafíos; Vol. 31, Núm. 1 (2019): (enero-junio) Perspectiva feminista y gobernanza global; 19-44
2145-5112
0124-4035
10.12804/revistas.urosario.edu.co/desafios/31-1.2019
 
Language eng
spa
 
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Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Desafíos
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
 

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