How Women Influence Constitution Making After Conflict and Unrest

Authored by: Nanako Tamaru and Marie O’Reilly

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Region: No Region
Year: 2018
Citation: Nanako Tamaru, and Marie O’Reilly. How Women Influence Constitution Making After Conflict and Unrest. Report. February 2018.

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Executive Summary

This is the first major effort to understand the numbers, roles and impact of women in constitution making after conflict and unrest. Women are the single largest group excluded from constitution-making processes. In countries affected by conflict or unrest, just 19 percent of members of constitution-reform bodies between 1990 and 2015 were women. Despite increasing attention to women’s roles in peace processes in recent years—and mounting evidence of positive outcomes when women exert influence—women’s roles in constitutional reform remain poorly understood. We examine eight countries and draw out lessons for policymakers and those looking to influence this crucial entry point for building peace.