There was an interesting new post on Chile written by Margarita Maira and published by the World Movement for Democracy. Margarita Maira is a “former Hurford Youth Fellow and the Project Coordinator at Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, a civil society organization that seeks to strengthen democracy in Latin America”. Take a look at this excerpt:
The idea for the new Constitution was that if we change the fundamental law, which all other laws follow, we might bring about broader structural changes. This addresses the protesters’ demands for reform for a better quality of life, which were often impeded by carefully crafted restrictions in Pinochet’s Constitution: most reforms see their end in the Constitutional Court.
In the recent national plebiscite, 78% of the people voted in favor of the new Constitution, proving that our current one is seen as obsolete. Furthermore, Chileans will choose 100% of the people who will be drafting it, half of whom will be women – guaranteeing the first gender balanced Constitutional Convention in the history of mankind!