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About the PNGE

The ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE) promotes women’s political leadership and gender mainstreaming in the agendas and operations of the national legislatures of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Since its creation in 2003, the Network (formerly known as the Group of Women Parliamentarians) has carried out activities and initiatives that bring together legislators from across the hemisphere for the exchange of knowledge and good practices to advance women’s rights and gender equality. Through its inter-parliamentary gatherings, the Network has addressed topics of shared importance such as women’s economic empowerment, ending gender-based political violence, electoral reforms to promote women’s candidacies, gender-sensitive media and communications, and parliamentary caucuses for gender equality, among others. The outcomes of these activities also inform the development of specialized resources and online communities for parliamentarians.

The Network for Gender Equality is committed to creating diverse and inclusive working spaces, encouraging the participation of male allies, and collaborating with women’s organizations and social movements towards shared objectives.

The Network is governed by an elected Executive Committee, composed of the President (who also serves as 2nd Vice-President on ParlAmericas’ Board of Directors) and sub-regional Vice-Presidents representing North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean.

For further information on the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality please contact the ParlAmericas International Secretariat.

Executive Committee

Verónica Noemí Camino Farjat
Senator, Mexico

Stephanie Kusie
Vice-President – North America
Member of the Parliament, Canada

Kayra Harding Bart
First Vice-President – Central America
Member of the National Assembly, Panama

Andrea Villagrán Ánton
Second Vice-President – Central America
Member of Congress, Guatemala

Carmen Gloria Aravena
First Vice-President – South America
Senator, Chile

Daniella Velloso Borges Ribeiro
Second Vice-President – South America
Senator, Brazil

Lisa Jawahir
Vice-President – The Caribbean
Senator, Saint Lucia

Coordination of the Parliamentary Staff Network on Gender Equality

Catherine Hingley
Regional Coordinator – North America
Parliamentary Assistant, House of Commons, Canada

Claudia Fuenzalida Cereceda
Regional Coordinator – South America
Head of the Management Planning Unit and Gender Officer, Senate of the Republic, Chile
Esmalene Cox
Regional Coordinator, The Caribbean
Clerk of Parliament, Parliament of Saint Lucia

Elections for the Executive Committee are held during the PNGE’s gathering. For more information about the governance of the Executive Committee, please read our statutes.