Women’s caucuses have been created with the aim of increasing women’s impact on political decisions. It is generally believed that the building of cross-party caucuses can help provide the peer support necessary to promote a gender equality legislative and policy agenda.
While the number of parliaments with a women’s caucus is growing fast, there are also researchers and politicians who doubt the effectiveness of women’s caucuses to influence political decision-making.
This Virtual Discussion will focus on the following sets of questions:
Are women caucuses effective? Have they made an impact on decision-making, and are there best practices that can be shared and learned from? If not, what alternatives exist?
Framing this debate in the wider development context, are there indications that women caucuses have had a tangible impact on national development in their respective countries? Have women caucuses contributed to development-sensitive legislation, or positively influenced development indicators? In short, have national development strategies benefited from the presence of these groups?
The full Background Note is attached here for your reference.
From May 9th through May 20th 2011, iKNOW Politics will co-host a Virtual Discussion on Women's Parliamentary Caucuses with AGORA (www.agora-parl.org).