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From paper to lived reality: Gender-responsive constitutional implementation in Nepal


This practice-oriented Discussion Paper explores the dynamics and processes of constitutional implementation and the particular challenges of gender-responsive constitutional implementation. It draws on a workshop convened by International IDEA in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 26–28 February 2016. 

It paper identifies three requirements of gender-responsive constitutional implementation: substantive equality, understanding and addressing gender stereotyping, and institutions that are inclusive of and responsive to women. These requirements cut across the technical, interpretive and cultural dimensions of constitutional implementation and frame the activities of those engaged in constitutional implementation. 

The comparative insights and analysis presented in this paper will be useful for fender equality advocates and those engaged in constitution building worldwide. It marks an early comparative contribution to discussions on constitutional implementation as a distinctive step in constitution building, opening the way for new research and further comparative learning.


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International IDEA

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