Project Details


Women are underrepresented in elected positions in Colombia.
This project aims to contribute to the understanding of this phenomenon by investigating the factors that explain the greater or lesser inclusion of women in Colombian municipal councils.

We want to explore the relationship that exists between the inclusion of
women at the subnational level and some characteristics of the electoral system, levels of conflict in the municipality and as well as particularities of the internal structures of political parties.

For this purpose we propose a project that is supported by a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis.

We will analyze the sex composition patterns of the municipal councils of Colombia for the period 2016-2024. Part of the database that will make this analysis possible already exists (for the period 2020-2024), and the other part (2016-2020) will be built during the life of this project.

The quantitative analysis will allow us to identify the influence that some characteristics of the electoral system, the presence of armed actors and the competitiveness of the district have on the representation of women in the municipal councils of Colombia.

The quantitative analysis will be complemented with a case study of the experience of women candidates for the Council of Bogotá.

Through this qualitative component we seek to understand the influence of organizational factors within political parties (such as institutional culture, ideology and the existence of programs
of support for candidates) in the electoral performance of women to the council in Bogotá.

Layman's description

Young researcher funded by the Faculty.
Effective start/end date4/1/216/5/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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