According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in 2015, 19.9% of legislative seats in Colombia were held by women—trailing behind the America’s regional average of 26.4% and ranking Colombia 95 out of 174 countries in women’s legislative representation. Following the introduction of a minimum quota in 2011, mandating 30 percent female legislative participation, legislative seats expanded from 10.8% in 1995 to 19.9% in 2015. Despite this progress, Colombia’s improvements are lagging behind other Latin American countries. Bolivia reported the greatest improvements in female legislative representation—from 10.8% in 1995 to 53.1% in 2015. Ecuador reported the second highest improvements from 4.5% female legislative representation in 1995 to 41.6% in 2015.


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