Silvia Vega Ugalde
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The role of the women’s movement in institutionalizing a gender focus in public policy
The Ecuadorian experience

This chapter presents the experience of the Coordinadora Politica de Mujeres Ecuatorianas (CPME), one of whose strategies is to work with members of Ecuador's women's movement for a gender focus in public policy. CPME, Consejo Nacional de las Mujeres (CONAMU) and other women's organizations developed an active presence, lobbying delegates for the inclusion of a number of constitutional reforms dealing with women. In 1996, CPME developed a strategy of engagement with the state based upon Comisiones Tecnicas Bipartitas (CTBs). The purpose of the CTBs was to develop goals for different social sectors, taking as a starting point the Women's Political Agenda on the one hand and, on the other, to assess proposals submitted by ministries and other state entities. Congress participants voted in favour of the Political Agenda as the founding document of CPME and, in a secret ballot, elected a group of national leaders.

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