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"Chilean Constitution Could Set New Gender Equality Standard"

The Guardian interviewed Aleta Sprague, a legal analyst with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's WORLD Policy Analysis Center, about prospects for increased gender equity being approved by a pending constitutional assembly in Chile. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Women’s rights activists in Chile say that the country’s new constitution will catalyze progress for women in the country – and could set a new global standard for gender equality in politics.

In a two-day vote this weekend, Chileans will elect a 155-strong citizens’ assembly to write a new constitution for the country – the first anywhere in the world to be written by an equal number of men and women.

“It’s a game-changing moment, like when women won the right to vote,” said Antonia Orellana, 31, who is running as a candidate in the capital, Santiago.