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Gender Parity and Multicultural FeminismTowards a New Synthesis$
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Ruth Rubio-Marín and Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829621.001.0001

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Gender Parity, Legal Pluralism, and Human Rights of Indigenous Women: An Outlook from Mexico

Gender Parity, Legal Pluralism, and Human Rights of Indigenous Women: An Outlook from Mexico

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(p.199) 8 Gender Parity, Legal Pluralism, and Human Rights of Indigenous Women: An Outlook from Mexico
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Gender Parity and Multicultural Feminism
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Dorothy Estrada-Tanck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829621.003.0008

Mexico is one of the world leaders in the move towards parity measures for women’s representation, through its constitutional requirement of equal gender representation in legislative candidacies. Mexico has also been on the frontlines of the trend to constitutionally recognize indigenous rights, including self-government. However, the link between the two movements remains controversial. On the one hand, electoral parity for women in state institutions has not translated into a significant increase in the representation of indigenous women. On the other, indigenous women have often been excluded from participating within indigenous forms of governance. Courts have been inconsistent in their interpretation of parity norms and participation rights. To address this challenge, indigenous women have appealed to gender equality, parity democracy, and international human rights, but also to context-specific goals, including the need to tackle violence against indigenous women as well as the grave poverty and vulnerability affecting indigenous peoples.

Keywords:   Mexico, electoral gender parity, indigenous women, multiculturalism, indigenous participation rights, legal pluralism, human rights

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