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.
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