Agency and Women's Choices in Argentina

IDRC's Democratic Governance, Women's Rights and Gender Equality initiative is supporting a body of comparative research on whether and how democratic processes and institutions are responding to women's rights and gender equality. The projects under this initiative will investigate issues surrounding women's participation in political decision-making, the judiciary and the public sector, and explore ways in which state institutions, political parties, civil society and kin-based social organizations can be influenced to advance women's choices and entitlements as citizens, including through increased representation.

This project aims to improve understanding in policy circles of an aspect that is critical for the advancement of women, and that has not been properly researched in Latin America. That aspect is agency, understood as the ability to make choices. Researchers will endeavor to understand and articulate the subjective barriers to women exercising their agency and choice. The research will take place in Argentina, one of the few countries in the world that has had a female president.

Researchers will identify and document experiences, tools and methodologies that shed light on how the subjective construction of agency impacts the political and economic participation of women. They will analyze the importance of a female president as a role model and an influence on the way women engage with democracy, and compare the findings with those from a similar project in Chile (106476). They will organize a series of encounters with policymakers and politicians over the course of the project. And, they will formulate policy recommendations aimed at transforming institutional rules so as to make them more responsive to women's rights and gender equality.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

End Date

Monday, September 9, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Cos-Montiel, Franscisco

Total funding

CA$ 210,000


Argentina, South America, North and Central America, Chile


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Haydée Birgin


Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género Asociación Civil - ELA

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