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Vol 24 No 1 Jan/Feb 2019

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Women as Constitution-Makers: Case Studies From the New Democratic Era

Edited by: Ruth Rubio-MarĂ­n, Helen Irving

ISBN13: 9781108492775
To be Published: March 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00



That a constitution should express the will of 'the people' is a long-standing principle, but the identity of 'the people' has historically been narrow. Women, in particular, were not included. A shift, however, has recently occurred. Women's participation in constitution-making is now recognised as a democratic right. Women's demands to have their voices heard in both the processes of constitution-making and the text of their country's constitution, are gaining recognition. Campaigning for inclusion in their country's constitution-making, women have adopted innovative strategies to express their constitutional aspirations.

This collection offers, for the first time, comprehensive case-studies of women's campaigns for constitutional equality in nine different countries that have undergone constitutional transformations in the 'participatory era.' Against a richly-contextualised historical and political background, each charts the actions and strategies of women participants, both formal and informal, and records their successes, failures and continuing hopes for constitutional equality.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
Introduction Ruth Rubio-Marín and Helen Irving
1. Women's Movements and the Recognition of Gender Equality in the Constitution-Making Process in Morocco and Tunisia (2011-2014) Sara Borrillo
2. Women and Constitution-Making in Post-Communist Romania Elena Brodeala and Silvia Suteu
3. Re-living Yesterday's Battles: Women and Constitution-Making in Post-Saddam Iraq Noga Efrati
4. Women's Participation in Peace-building and Constitution-making in Somalia Sakuntala Kadirgamar
5. Feminist Legalism: Colombian Constitution-making in the 1990s Julieta Lemaitre
6. Women and Constitution-Making in Turkey: From Ottoman Modernism to a Constitutionalism of Women's Platform Bertil Emrah Oder
7. Egypt's Tale of Two Constitutions: Diverging Gendered Processes and Outcomes Mariz Tadros
8. Dialogic Democracy, Feminist Theory, and Women's Participation in Constitution-Making Susan H. Williams.