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Parliamentary committees dealing with gender equality

Background Information

For the purpose of this survey, we only consider as parliamentary committees dealing with gender equality:
  • Committees which have “gender equality” or other words with a similar meaning in their title. Examples include: “Gender Equality Committee”, “Committee on Equal Opportunities Between Men and Women”, “Committee on Gender and Social Affairs”, etc.
  • Committees which do not have “gender equality” or other words with a similar meaning in their title, but which are competent, as explicitly mentioned in their mandate, to address gender equality matters.
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7. Nature: *This question is required.
8. Date of creation: MM.YYYY
9. Related to chambers:

In a bicameral Parliament where both houses have a parliamentary committee dealing with gender equality, the present questionnaire should filled twice, once for each Committee.
10. Number of members of the Committee:
Note: at the time of the most recent parliamentary elections
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11. Political affiliation of members:
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Majority parties
Opposition parties
12. Sex:
13. Age: below 45 years of age
14. Political affiliation:
Functions, powers and working methods
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16. Committee functions
The Committee has the following functions:
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Mainstream gender equality into the work of (other) parliamentary committees and of Parliament as a whole
Scrutinise all Bills from a gender perspective
Scrutinise the Executive’s policy for compatibility from a gender perspective
Obtain information from the Executive about the justification for actions or inaction which affect gender equality and women’s rights
Scrutinise State’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Initiate inquiries of its own choosing
Scrutinise proposed treaties on gender equality, and other international treaties with implications for gender equality and women’s rights, and report to Parliament thereon, prior to ratification
Ascertain and review the Executive’s reasons for not acceding to or ratifying existing international human rights treaties on gender equality and women’s rights
Scrutinise the Executive’s response to human rights judgments - of national, regional and international courts – that have gender considerations
Monitor the adequacy of the existing national system for the protection of gender equality
Review the allocation and expenditure of funds in the State budget to support measures to promote and protect gender equality and protect women’s rights
17. Committee involvement in the most recent national reporting exercise to the UN CEDAW Committee, which supervises implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and committee involvement in other national reporting exercises

The Committee:
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Was consulted in the preparation of the most recent national report to the CEDAW Committee 
Was included in the official delegation which orally presented the most recent national report to the CEDAW Committee 
Discussed the conclusions and recommendations which the CEDAW Committee  adopted as a result
Conducted hearings with the Executive about its plans to implement these conclusions and recommendations
Is involved in the preparation of national reports to other international or regional mechanisms (Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council on Women, peace and security, the Beijing Platform for action…).
18. Committee powers
The Committee has the power to:
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Propose amendments to legislation
Introduce bills into Parliament
Initiate parliamentary debates on its reports or on subjects of its choosing
Carry out inquiries
Hold oral evidence hearings
Compel witnesses to attend
Compel the production of documents and papers
Make recommendations to the Executive
Conduct visits, including visits abroad
Access places of detention without notice
19. Committee working methods
The Committee:
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Adopts an annual or longer-term work plan
Publishes reports on its work on the parliamentary website
Usually reaches consensus on the issues on which it reports
Systematically follows up its reports and recommendations
Reports regularly to Parliament on its activities
20. Cooperation and coordination
The Committee regularly cooperates and coordinates (e.g. through sharing of reports; meetings; joint follow-up action) with:
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Other parliamentary committees
Civil society organisations
National Human Rights Institution(s) and National Institution(s) for the promotion of gender equality (often called “Commissions” and/or “Ombudspersons” in the area of gender equality)
Academic institutions, including research institutes on human rights and gender equality research institutes
The media
Contact information for the Committee
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