One Size Does Not Fit All: Lessons Learned from Legislative Gender Commissions and Caucuses

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July 6, 2010

One Size Does Not Fit All: Lessons Learned from Legislative Gender Commissions and Caucuses

This guide demonstrate that women’s collective efforts in the legislature are crucial not only because of their impact on public policies that effectively respond to citizens’ demands and interests, but also because of their effect on the consolidation and progress of women’s leadership. Nonetheless, cross-party work within the legislative branch faces many challenges: building consensus while maintaining equilibrium between commitment to gender issues and party visions; keeping gender issues on the public agenda; and creating a sustainable critical mass of women legislators committed to advancing a gender equality agenda.

Women in legislatures worldwide have used diverse practices to make progress on priority issues and decrease the gender gaps in their countries. This should serve as an incentive to increase the number of women in parliaments and support their efforts so they can propose actions that ensure the continuation of the achievements of their predecessors.

Resource type: 
Editor: 
Keila Gonzalez and Kristen Sample
Publisher: 
NDI and International IDEA
Publication year: 
2010