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On June 10, 2014, the Dialogue and the Center for Reproductive Rights organized a symposium on the state of reproductive rights in Latin America. This resulting report contains rich analysis and thoughtful recommendations offered by symposium panelists and participants. We hope it will improve understanding of the crucial connections among reproductive rights, democracy,and citizenship in Latin America. MORE


The Dialogue's program on women's leadership and gender issues explores ways to promote women's political participation in the Americas and better address issues of concern to women within local, national, and international policy-making circles. It also raises awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Through public events, publications, and commentary, the women's leadership and gender program seeks to inform and advance important debates rooted in the Dialogue's commitment to democratic governance. 



Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President/Director of Special Projects
Caitlin Reilly, Program Assistant

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Abortion and Reproductive Rights in Latin America: Implications for Democracy, March 2015.

Behind the Numbers: Women's Rights
, by Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado, America's Quarterly, July 2014.

Women Rule South America, by Peter Hakim, Diplomatist, 23 May 2014. (Español)

20 Moments in LGBT History That You May Have Missed, by Cameron Combs, PolicyMic, 26 December 2013.

The Top 2013 LGBT Stories from the Americas, by Javier Corrales and Cameron Combs, Huffington Post, 20 December 2013

This Gay Activist Was Beaten and Now He Has a Message For Every Young Person Interested in Change, by Cameron Combs, policymic, 26 November 2013.

Christian and LGBT Groups Have Brought the Battle for Gay Rights to the Caribbean, by Cameron Combs, the Atlantic, 27 June 2013.

Latin American Women Rising/Las mujeres de América Latina, al alza, by Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado, Polítca Exterior, 8 May 2013

Is Bachelet a Shoo-in for Another Presidential Term in Chile?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Jorge Heine, Peter M. Siavelis, Kirsten Sehnbruch, Peter Winn, and Patricio Nava, 5 April 2013.

The New Pope and Gay Rights, by Javier Corrales and Cameron Combs, Americas Quarterly, 20 March 2013.

5 LGBT Trends to Watch For in the Americas in 2013, by Javier Corrales and Cameron Combs, Huffington Post, 10 January 2013.

Beyond Equal Rights, by Michelle Bachelet, Americas Quarterly, 26 July 2013.

The Public Debate Over Private Lives, by Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado, Americas Quarterly, 26 July 2012.

2013 Social Inclusion Index, featuring contributions from Joan Caivano, Americas Quarterly. MORE

Time for Change: Reproductive Rights in Latin America in the 21st Century, by Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado, Center for Women Policy Studies, May 2012. 



Women and the Judiciary in the Americas: Leadership and Outcomes/La Mujer y el Poder Judicial en las Américas: Liderazgo y Resultados, April 2013.

Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power, January 2008.

Women on the Verge: Corporate Power in Latin America, April 2005.

Women and Global Leadership, April 2004

Women and Power in the Americas: A Report Card, April 2001.


Symposium on Reproductive Rights in Latin America, 10 June 2014.

Women and Politics in the Americas: Advances and Challenges, 9 June 2014.

LGBT Rights in the Americas
, 12 December 2013.

Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas, 28 February 2013.  

Women’s Economic Contributions in Latin America and the Caribbean: Policy Recommendations for Equity and Growth, 29 August 2012.

From Gender Blind to Gender Conscious: A Discussion on Gender Equity in Latin America, 1 May 2012.

Reaching Out to Women: A Conversation with El Salvador's First Lady and Secretary for Social Inclusion, Vanda Pignato, 8 March 2012.

A Conversation with Michelle Bachelet, 14 November 2011.

Cuba and Gender Equality: Is Progress Being Made?, 21 May 2010.

Women Leaders in the Peace-Building Process, 21 January 2009.

Addressing Security Challenges in Colombia, 24 January 2008.



La violencia contra mujeres y menores lastra la inclusión social en Latinoamérica, Joan Caivano in El País, 29 July 2014.

Move Over Machismo: Latin America Sets A Global Example For Women In Power, Joan Caivano in Fox News Latino, 26 December 2013.

On Election Day, Latin America Willingly Trades Machismo for Female Clout, Joan Caivano in the New York Times, 14 December 2013.