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South America has
few women mayors
September 2022: Women are grossly underrepresented at the top of local government in the majority of South American cities. The latest research by City Mayors reveals that, across the continent, only just over eleven per cent of large cities have female mayors. Earlier research covering Latin America, including Mexico, Central America and the Caribbeans, identifies some 15 per cent of towns and cities with women mayors.
In 2022, City Mayors Research visited 80 cities with populations of more than 500,000 and found that only nine (11.25%) had female mayors. Brazil is represented with three mayors, while Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Bolivia have one ‘big-city’ female mayor each. Capital cities with women leaders include Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and Montevideo. Five mayors belong to political parties on the left, while the politics of two mayors are centrist. Parties on the right and the Greens are represented by one mayor each.
Separate research, carried out in 2018 by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbeans (ECLAC) in 29 Latin American countries, found that just over 15 per cent of mayors were female. The percentage of women mayors was over 40 per cent in Cuba and Nicaragua but only 12 per cent in Brazil and below 10 per cent in Bolivia and Ecuador.
in South America
* The City Mayors research was conducted in August and September 2022. The research by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean dates from 2018
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