Gender-Sensitizing Commonwealth Parliaments

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September 12, 2011

Gender-Sensitizing Commonwealth Parliaments

In February and March 2001 the CPA, with the assistance of the CPA Malaysia Branch and the approval of the CPA Executive Committee, arranged a Study Group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Gender-Sensitizing Commonwealth Parliaments. The aims of the Study Group were set out as:

1. To share analyses, experiences and good practices of Standing Orders in Commonwealth Parliaments;
2. To identify concrete strategies and mechanisms to make Commonwealth Parliaments as gender-sensitive as possible;
3. To prioritize key areas for action, based on the recommendations of the Study Group.
 
This report Clerk of the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago and Rapporteur to the Group, identifies the issues discussed by the Study Group and presents to the reader the Group’s recommendations which will assist Parliaments and their Members to understand better the difficulties faced by women Parliamentarians. In a wider perspective, it is the Association’s hope that the extensive commentary and recommendations for future action will inform many of the current debates in national and sub-national Parliaments, both within and outside the Commonwealth, and have a substantial positive impact on the way in which Parliaments conduct their business.
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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Publication year: 
2001