Constitutions and Gender
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Constitutions and Gender

Edited by Helen Irving

Constitutions and gender is a new and exciting field, attracting scholarly attention and influencing practice around the world. This timely handbook features contributions from leading pioneers and younger scholars, applying a gendered lens to constitution-making and design, constitutional practice and citizenship, and constitutional challenges to gender equality rights and values. It offers a gendered perspective on the constitutional text and record of multiple jurisdictions, from the long-established, to the world’s newly emerging democracies. Constitutions and Gender portrays a profound shift in our understanding of what constitutions stand for and what they do.
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Chapter 7: A practitioner's account: the Constitution Assessment for Women's Equality

Melanie Allen


This chapter will illustrate how a democracy support organization – the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) – that seeks to be a bridge between research and practice, has approached the development of a tool to empower gender equality advocates in the constitution building process. Section 7.2 looks at challenges to effective engagement in constitution building. Section 7.3 talks about developing the assessment, with the following sections looking at the assessment design (section 7.4), questions and issues about the assessment (section 7.5) and implementing the assessment (section 7.6). Then sections 7.7 and 7.8 look at constitution building, in Nepal and Myanmar respectively.

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