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Latin America and Caribbean
** Power **

  1. Women elected Heads of State in the 20th century (December 31, 1994) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: 3
      Argentina: Isabel Martinez de Peron (1974-1976)
      Bolivia: Lidia Gueiler (1979-1980)
      Haïti: Ertha Pascal-Trouillot 1991-
    • World: 9
      Sources: United Nations

       
  2. Women elected Heads of governments in the 20th century (December 1994) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: 1
      Dominica : Eugenia Charles 1980-
    • World : 15
      Sources: United Nations

       
  3. Countries where more than 15 % of the ministers or members of the government are women (1994) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guatemala, Guayana, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago)
      Sources: United Nations

       
  4. Countries where there are no women among the ministers or the members of the government (1994) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname
      Sources: United Nations

  5. Percentage of women holding a management position in the public administration, by sector (1994)
      
  6. Average percentage of women in parliamentary assemblies (1987 & 1994) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: 8 % (1987) ; 9 % (1994)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)

  7. General women's representation among directors and senior managers (1980 & 1990)
     
  8. Countries where more than 25 % of directors and senior managers are women 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: 11 (Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Dominica, Equador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Porto Rico)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)

       
  9. Percentage of seats occupied by women within legislative bodies (1994) 
    • AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS: ...%
    • ANTIGUA & BARBADOS: 6 %
    • ARGENTINA: 16 %
    • BAHAMAS: 8 %
    • BARBADOS: 4 %
    • BELIZE: 4 %
    • BOLIVIA: 7 %
    • BRAZIL: 6 %
    • CHILE: 8 %
    • COLOMBIA: 11 %
    • COSTA RICA: 14 %
    • CUBA: 23 %
    • DOMINICA: 13 %
    • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: ...%
    • EL SALVADOR: 11 %
    • ECUADOR: 5 %
    • GRENADA: 13 %
    • GUADELOUPE: ... %
    • GUATEMALA: 5 %
    • GUYANA: 20 %
    • GUYANE FRANÇAISE: ...%
    • HAITI: 4 %
    • HONDURAS: 8 %
    • JAMAICA: 12 %
    • LEEWARD AND WINDWARD: ...%
    • MARTINIQUE: ...%
    • MEXICO: 8 %
    • NICARAGUA: 16 %
    • PANAMA: 8 %
    • PARAGUAY: 3 %
    • PERU: 9 %
    • PORTO RICO: ...%
    • SAINT LUCIA: 0 %
    • SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS: 6 %
    • SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: 13 %
    • SURINAME: 6 %
    • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: 14 %
    • URUGUAY: 6 %
    • VENEZUELA: 6 % 
      Sources: United Nations

       
  10. States which did not ratify the UN Convention for the elimination of all sorts of discrimination against women (October 1994)
    • ...

The statistics used here are from the United Nations, The World' Women 1995 - Trends and Statistics (United Nations publications, Sales No. E.95XII.2 (In French, F.95. XII.2) and are quoted with permission. Further information on United Nations gender statistics may be found at the United Nations Statistics Division's Internet home page http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd

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