Violence against Women in Politics

Political training course for women in Latin America and the Caribbean

The ATENEA programme: a Mechanism to Accelerate the Equal Political Participation of Women in Latin America seeks to contribute to the effective exercise by women of their right to political participation in conditions of equality and non-discrimination in Latin American countries, thus contributing to the progress and consolidation of equal democracies in the region.

This is an initiative jointly developed by the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA INTERNATIONAL), which, aiming at turning the individual work they had been doing more strategic, in 2015 consolidated this alliance to strengthen the defense of the political rights of women in the region.

Since its inception, the mechanism has sought to accelerate the progress towards equal democracy by monitoring the improvements made and providing recommendations to correct, revert or prevent identified situations of discrimination, inequality or exclusion of women in politics. To this end, the mechanism has developed the Equality in Politics Index, an instrument that allows measuring the actual exercise of women’s political rights and the minimum conditions necessary for such exercise and performance from a perspective of equality within a given country and at a regional comparative level.

The information, analysis, communication and action mechanism has already been implemented at a regional level in 11 countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia) and at a provincial level in Córdoba (Argentina). In this way, it becomes a strategic tool towards achieving equality.

In 2019, in light of the need to strengthen the work with various strategic actors, ATENEA created the Latin American Equal Democracy Network, a networking space with a goal to promote the exchange of experience and recommendations, the circulation of knowledge and equality practices, as well as the alliances to accelerate the progress towards equality in politics in the region. Several meetings and events take place under the framework of the Network.

This year, ATENEA has decided to grow and make a step forward. In line with the inter institutional efforts to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and in view of the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative agreed on a new  line of joint work to continue promoting the political participation of women in crisis and post crisis contexts. Thus, political training with a special focus on women in decision-making positions is a response to the demand from women who, once they access power, need gender-sensitive, inclusive and transformative tools for management.

This way, under an agreement with FLACSO Argentina, a virtual campus was created for delivering political training through specialised courses of different nature to enhance the knowledge of women who, from their diversity, intend to hold positions of popular election or are already in office in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

The proposal delves into women’s political rights, provides innovative tools for new ways of doing politics and offers knowledge for public action with a rights, gender and intersectionality approach, aiming at strengthening and making women the main focus of the responses and management of the COVID-19 crisis and post-crisis.


The purpose of this course is to raise awareness and learn to identify and address violence against women in politics, as well as to strengthen the knowledge about the political rights of women who participate, who intend to obtain positions of representation or hold political positions in different fields and at different levels in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Work Team

Since 2015, ATENEA has brought together the institutional and regional efforts of UN Women, UNDP and IDEA International.

The management team of this course is made up of:

  • ATENEA’s coordinating team

On behalf of UN Women: Paula Narváez Ojeda, Regional Advisor on Governance and Political Participation, with the technical support from Giulia Bortolotti and Amy Rice Cabrera.

On behalf of UNDP: Guillermina Martín, Gender Policy Specialist at the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the technical support from Ana Nieto Robles and Carolina Cornejo.

On behalf of IDEA International: Pilar Tello Rozas, Responsible for Gender in Latin America with the technical support from Angela Silva.

  • Project coordination by FLACSO ARGENTINA

Agustina Gradin – State and Public Policies Area.
Grisel El Jaber – Distance Learning Programme.

  • Specialists

Laura Albaine
Carmen Alanis


This course will be delivered on self-managed modality and will include: a presentation video, three written classes, two master classes, practical exercises and a closing conference.

The contents of the written classes will include:

  • Violence against women in politics. A human rights and quality of democracy issue.
  • Its expressions. Acknowledgement and identification.
  • Violence against women in their public and political life. Their possibilities for action.
  • New regional regulatory scaffolding.
  • Distinction between political violence and violence against women in politics.
  • Its conceptualization in Latin America (forms of violence included, and some of the legal frameworks adopted).
  • Causes and Consequences.
  • Victims, perpetrators and possible environments where it occurs.
  • Expressions in the daily exercise of political-electoral rights.
  • Useful resources for victims/survivors. Institutional directory of several countries of Latin America.

Delivery modality

Self-managed virtual course

Distance learning course on the virtual campus of FLACSO Argentina

Virtual campus:
Duration: 4 weeks
Required number of study hours: 4 hours per week
Starting date: APRIL 15th 2021 (first cohort)

Virtual mode implies distance learning. The course will be hosted on the virtual campus of FLACSO Argentina to which you can access with a username and password for the site During the duration of the course, written classes, video master classes, and content application exercises will be uploaded.

The course is self-managed, which means each participant attends autonomously in his/her own time availability, without the assistance of tutors, and according to the deadlines for submitting the activities and/or the cut-off date.

Times can be managed by each participant considering the schedule of deadlines for submitting activities, starting and ending dates of classes.

The course is not delivered by post, access is via the online campus.

If this is your first distance learning course do not worry, we are always available to answer any questions or concerns. Further information can be found in the procedures’ manual:

Each course is structured into 4 sessions that combine teaching resources such as virtual classes, master classes, and practical exercises available on the virtual campus.

There are different resources for teaching-learning interaction on the campus.

  • Virtual Classes: the virtual classes are expositive-explanatory texts in digital format, or video classes that are published weekly. Each teacher writes the classes individually or in collaboration with others. The participant is provided with the development of the course content.
  • Master Classes: the master classes are videos where specialists with a long track record develop the specific contents of the course.
  • Subject specialists: a specialist is available to participants for reference and consultations on violence against women in politics.
  • Library: in this section participants find a collection of texts and digital documents, as well as the basic bibliographic material selected for each class.
  • Notice Board: it is the space where academic activities are announced, the starting or ending of a discussion forum or the exchange with teachers.
  • Cafe: It is a space of free participation only for the participants enrolled in the It is thought for promoting students’ interaction.

Since 2019, FLACSO Argentina virtual campus,
available at, is accessible according to international standards as per the agreement with the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (IIDI) and the META Youth Group (We Are All in Action Movement). The campus complies with a Double-A Compliance Level in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W3E-WCAG) from which the following guidelines derive:

  • Provide equivalent alternatives to the visual and auditory component;
  • Use readable text and graphics when viewing without colour;
  • Use style sheets and accurate caption;
  • Clarify the use of natural language;
  • Include tables with the corresponding caption;
  • Guarantee user control of urgent content changes;
  • Ensure direct accessibility of integrated user interfaces;
  • Implement a device-independent responsive design;
  • Provide background information and guidance;
  • Generate clear navigation mechanisms;
  • Produce simple accessible documents;
  • Generate greater contrast between letter and background and increase and decrease font size from the Moodle accessibility block.

Who is this course for?

The course is especially designed for women in political decision-making positions, women who identify as Indigenous and/or of African-descent, young women (between 18 to 29 years old), trans and sexually diverse women, and/or women with disabilities.

During the process of selecting participants, the fair representation of Latin American and Caribbean countries will be guaranteed.

Political decision-making positions may be at the legislative, executive, and judicial scopes and at the national, sub national, and local levels. Priority will be given to those holding high responsibility positions and with an integrative cross-cutting perspective of public policies and women in leadership.

Likewise, priority will be given to representatives of political organisations and political parties, including women’s political caucus, political party fora, trade unions, social movements, community organisations and Human Rights Defenders, feminist movements and organisations of women, among others.

How to enroll

Registration opens: 15 April 2021

This is a pre-registration stage due to availability limitations.

Upon reception of acceptance, please confirm your application within 24 hours to keep your place.

Fill in the form to apply.

During 2021, the course will be delivered to two additional cohorts in Spanish and to one in English with adapted content for the Caribbean (date to be confirmed).


If the requirements for approval of the course are met, the participant will obtain a certificate of the course for 15 clock hours, granted by UN Women, UNEP and International IDEA, as part of the ATENEA initiative and FLACSO Argentina distance education programme.

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