A Practical Guide to Constitution Building provides an essential foundation for understanding constitutions and constitution building. Full of world examples of ground-breaking agreements and innovative provisions adopted during processes of constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
The Guide analyzes the adoption of the... Read more
Irrespective of their occupation or professional background prior to election, few new parliamentarians arrive fully equipped for their parliamentary roles and legislative functions. They are faced with a myriad of complex issues in a context where there are many competing priorities for their attention. The primary objective of capacity building is to assist members to become effective parliamentarians. Yet, the barriers of effective capacity building for parliamentarians can be high and may often seem insurmountable. What knowledge, skills and abilities do parliamentarians need to do their... Read more
This guide is provides recommendations on the development of realistic action plans on women, peace and security. The guide is designed as a resource for governments, United Nations and regional organisations as well as non-governmental organisations. Read more
Since women won the right to vote in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in 1990, females have risen to rule Switzerland's politics, making up four of the seven- member cabinet. Combining a career and motherhood in the Alpine nation presents a steeper climb.
The election in October of Simonetta Sommaruga, a trained concert pianist who is now Justice Minister, was a watershed as women for the first time held more cabinet posts than men. It came almost four decades after the first Swiss women were permitted to vote in 1971.
Voting rights for Swiss women came 54 years after females in the... Read more