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By Helen Irving

We are living in an period of constitution-making. New constitutions are showing in traditionally unparalleled numbers, following regime swap in a few nations, or a dedication to modernization in others. No democratic structure at the present time can fail to acknowledge or offer for gender equality. Constitution-makers have to comprehend the gendered personality of all constitutions, and to acknowledge the differential impression on ladies of constitutional provisions, even the place those seem gender-neutral. This publication confronts what has to be thought of in writing a structure whilst gender fairness and corporation are ambitions. It examines rules of constitutionalism, constitutional jurisprudence, and heritage. Its aim is to set up a framework for a 'gender audit' of either new and latest constitutions. It eschews an easy concentrate on rights and examines constitutional language, interpretation, buildings and distribution of energy, principles of citizenship, techniques of illustration, and the constitutional reputation of overseas and common legislation. It discusses equality rights and reproductive rights as specific matters for constitutional layout.

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