Women’s rights are human rights. These include the right to life, to equality, to liberty and to security of person. However, the legal protection of these rights is not guaranteed in all parts of the world. Even where anti-violence laws do exist, they can be poorly resourced and enforced, inhibiting the rights of women to […]
Policy Paper: Gender-Sensitive Post-Legislative Scrutiny
The policy paper titled ‘Gender-Sensitive Post-Legislative Scrutiny’ examines the meeting point between post-legislative scrutiny and gender analysis.
The purpose of the case study is to assist parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, policy makers, parliamentary development practitioners and civil society activists to design or support processes that identify gender-based consequences in the implementation of legislation.
The present document starts by examining the relationship between legislation, sex and gender and the importance of gender-sensitive legislation as a legislative goal. It then moves into ways for achieving gender-sensitive laws and mainstreaming gender concerns throughout the legislative cycle. It examines specifically how post-legislative scrutiny can be made gender-sensitive, the role of parliamentary committees in this, the scrutiny questions to be asked, the kind of data to collect, the stakeholders to consult with and the challenges in the process. Last but not least, it addresses the ways to make post-legislative findings gender-sensitive and what to do after.
The policy paper is part of a broader project of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy on gender analysis and post-legislative scrutiny. The project includes several deliverables that are complementary to the present document an address different aspects of the topic. These are: a case study on gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny of general legislation; a case study on post-legislative scrutiny of gender-specific legislation; and a case study on data and gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny.
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Democracy cannot live up to its promise if part of the population is not adequately represented in leadership – be it in politics or in any other aspect of life. Regrettably, women, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and young people are often excluded from leadership in most parts of the world. WFD is working to change this. Most […]
Equal opportunities and equal treatment are key to creating a society free from gender-based violence. WFD’s programmes aim to achieve this by supporting women’s political participation, representation, and entrepreneurship. With more women taking on lead roles in legislative and executive bodies it is easier to make way for legal acts, not to mention a change […]