Discussion Paper: Constituent Assembly Procedures from a Gender Perspective, International IDEA - 2008
This paper raises issues about how the Constituent Assembly will work, and how its procedures will have an impact both on the way in which women members will be able to play a part in its work, and on how women’s issues will dealt with in the new Constitution which is the purpose of the Constituent Assembly to draft. This paper does not deal with public participation – which is the topic of the next paper in the International IDEA Gender Folder. Most of the procedures of the Constituent Assembly will be laid down in its Rules, a draft of which is currently before the relevant committee.
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Why do we need rules?
Should we be focusing on women members at all?
Women in legislative settings
The particular situation of women Constituent Assembly members in Nepal
Political parties in the Constituent Assembly
Where are the real decisions made?
Thinking about Procedures
- Participation of members
- The right to speak
- Public participation
- Committee chairs
- Decision-making in committees
- Voting methods
- Welfare of members
- The party whip
- Seating arrangements
- The Secretariat
Getting to Grips with the Rules