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A New Government for the XXI Century

These past ten years have seen many changes in the national and international level, a great improvement in women health, education, professional and intellectual development, citizen rights, and even women have won more positions in the government, allowing women such as Epsy Campbell to serve directly and with more influence to her fellow Costa Ricans. However, she recognizes that for her, as well as for many other women, enjoying those rights was not easy because in the personal level many times these changes can not be seen.

This motivates her to question the whole system, not only in her country, but also in Latin America in General. Questions such as “Is there real democracy when more than fyfthy per cent of the population is not represented with equality in the government structures that define the present and future of our countries? Can a government system give answers to women if they are not participating in equal conditions? Is it actually essentially for the new democracy and a good government that women participate in conditions marked by equality? Given these gender issues, an equal participation for women could bring more feminine quality and could they humanize the system? What are the different polices that should be pushed forward to deepen democracy?” make her voice to be listened to in all Latin America and her fight for change get stronger.

Corruption in Latin American countries make people live, as Campbell suggests, in “democracies a half mast” where political leaders do not represent the society and because of this, they do not feel compelled with their necessities, nor they want to satisfy them. According to Campbell, every day we are less represented by our politicians, and they have become more individualists. It can be seen concretely in countries where the wage of the average citizen is one hundred dollars, congressmen of the National Assembly earn five thousands and monthly salary of the president of the republic is twenty thousand dollars. Those countries "instead of offering opportunities to their people, expel them like immigrants who often live in the most miserable and difficult conditions in other places."

Without doubt, in this atmosphere of corruption and hopelessness, today more than ever there is place for change. Epsy Campbell is fighting for it, for "a new policy [ that ] begins to generate voices of social inclusion." It is necessary to fight to transform the states and to fulfill the millennium goals. It is necessary to continue fighting for the parity in the state, as well as, laws of quotas that will contribute positively in the new governments. "A good government would have to start off with a representation that is a true reflection of the society. And there then we began to understand which is the sense of the international commitments in favor of women."

There is place for the hope. The new politics implies collective work and leadership in conditions of parity. It implies, in addition, respect and solidarity. Respect that means that it will be spoken with the truth, without disqualifying anybody, nor by using populism, and promising only what is possible using politics as tool to serve the country. Without solidarity it is not possible to fulfill and to give the people a worthy life. States are par excellence distributors of the wealth and the well-being.

It is not, nor it will be an easy task, is necessary to transform the established mechanisms, with which governments have worked per decades. But it is not a impossible goal to obtain, if it is thought as an altogether work, for a common good. Promoting the democracy although "it is the most imperfect organization system, but it allows most people to surpass themselves."