Building Women’s Expertise and Comparative Knowledge of Decentralization Processes: Fourth Annual Women Constitution-Makers’ Dialogue

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Building Women’s Expertise and Comparative Knowledge of Decentralization Processes: Fourth Annual Women Constitution-Makers’ Dialogue

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Participants of the fourth Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue, held in October 2022.

TRANSFORMING CONSTITUTION-BUILDING

In a global context of democratic backsliding and growing intrastate and interstate conflicts, the imperative of women’s full and equal participation in constitution-building and peace processes is more urgent than ever. Yet in practice, women’s representation at the constitution-making table hovers around 19 per cent, while women’s representation at the peace negotiations table is even lower. Further, women’s participation in such processes is sometimes confined to stereotyped “women’s issues”, which deprives these processes of the richness of women’s intersectional identities and expertise.

In response to this challenge, the annual Women Constitution-Makers’ Dialogue series—founded in 2019 by International IDEA together with the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law collaborating as part of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep), University of Edinburgh[i]—provides a systematic, women-centered approach to examine and support inclusive, participatory and gender-sensitive constitution-building in conflict-affected and political transitions.

Click here to read the full article published by International IDEA on 16 November 2022.

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