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Citation: Houlihan, E. (2020). Women Constitution-Makers: Comparative Experiences with Representation, Participation and Influence. [PSRP report in collaboration with International IDEA]. Stockholm: International IDEA.

Summary: This report was developed as a follow up to the First Annual Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue held in October 2019. The workshop was jointly organized by International IDEA and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law as part of the Political Settlements Research Programme of the University of Edinburgh.

On 24–25 October 2019, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)—together with the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) and the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh—hosted the inaugural event in a series of forums to be known as the Women Constitution-Makers’ Dialogue. The series is a networking and peer-to-peer dialogue programme wherein women constitution-makers and comparative constitutional experts can share country-specific constitution-building experiences, knowledge resources and tools, and identify opportunities and obstacles to women’s participation and influence from both a country-level and global perspective. The dialogue focuses on women’s representation and participation in national constitution-making processes, examines constitutional outcomes from a gender perspective, and considers commonly contested constitutional design choices more broadly.

A video summary of this event is also available: watch the video here.