The Women and Constitution Building Initiative in Nepal was initiated (June 2008) in the spirit of a newly formed Constitution Assembly (CA) which saw the election of a high percentage of women.

International IDEA, together with its partners, identified a need for a greater understanding of how a constitution affects women’s lives and how women can contribute to the process of making a new constitution. Strategies were needed to support the creation of an inclusive political environment in a crucial period of Nepal’s history.

This Discussion Paper raises issues about how the Constituent Assembly will work. The CA’s procedures will have an impact on women members’ ability to play a part in its work, and on how women’s issues will be dealt with in the new Constitution due to be drafted by the Assembly. 


Publication date
01 December 2008
Jill Cottrell
Number of pages
No (Print)



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

Getting to Grips with the Rules

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Constituent Assembly Procedures from a Gender Perspective

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