As constitution-building processes are increasingly becoming a critical mechanism for peacebuilding and national reconciliation in societies emerging from conflict, questions about the role of traditionally excluded groups in shaping the future of these societies are also taking centre stage in the process.

How are members of marginalized groups making their voices heard in the design of constitutional solutions in the transition from conflict to stable democracies? What factors are promoting or hindering that effort and how can they be overcome? How is social media and international involvement impacting their efforts? What are some of the best practices of minority participation in securing constitutional protections in during constitutional transitions?

This report highlights the key conclusions and recommendations emerging from an expert round-table conference organized by International IDEA in October 2013.


Publication date
19 January 2015
Number of pages
978-91-87729-83-6 (Print)


Executive summary

1. Introduction

2. Religious minorities and constitution building processes

3. Pathways for ethnic minorities in constitution building

4. Pathways for women in constitution building

5. LGBTI groups and constitution building processes

6. New media and minority political participation

7. The international community

8. Concluding analysis and recommendations




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Marginalized Groups and Constitution Building

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