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Constitutions and Gender

Edited by Helen Irving, Professor of Law, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Australia
Constitutions and gender is a new and exciting field, attracting scholarly attention and influencing practice around the world. This timely handbook features contributions from leading pioneers and younger scholars, applying a gendered lens to constitution-making and design, constitutional practice and citizenship, and constitutional challenges to gender equality rights and values. It offers a gendered perspective on the constitutional text and record of multiple jurisdictions, from the long-established, to the world’s newly emerging democracies. Constitutions and Gender portrays a profound shift in our understanding of what constitutions stand for and what they do.
Extent: 576 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78471 695 0
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  • Law - Academic
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Constitutions
The idea that constitutions are gendered is not new, but its recognition is the product of a revolution in thinking that began in the last decades of the twentieth century. As a field, it is attracting scholarly attention and influencing practice around the world. This timely handbook features contributions from leading pioneers and younger scholars, applying a gendered lens to constitution-making and design, constitutional practice and citizenship, and constitutional challenges to gender equality rights and values.

Offering a cutting-edge perspective on the constitutional text and record of multiple jurisdictions, from long-established to newly emerging democracies, Constitutions and Gender portrays a profound shift in our understanding of what constitutions stand for and what they do. Its central insight is that democratic constitutions must serve the needs and aspirations of all the people, and constitutional legitimacy requires opportunities for participation in both the fashioning and functioning of a country’s constitution.

This challenging assessment is of relevance to scholars and practitioners of law and politics, and gender and feminism, as well as practitioners and advisors involved in constitution-making.

Contributors: C. Albertyn, M. Allen, D. Anagnostou, B. Baines, J. Bond, J. Bond, M. Davis, R. Dixon, K. Gelber, B. Goldblatt, H. Irving, V.C. Jackson, J. Kang, W. Lacey, S. Millns, C. Murray, R. Rubio-Marin, A. Stone, S. Suteu, J. Vickers, S.H. Williams, C. Wittke



Contents:

Introduction
Helen Irving

PART I CONSTITUTION-MAKING
1. Women and participatory constitution-making
Silvia Suteu

2. Women and constitution-making in South Africa
Catherine Albertyn

3. Gender and post-colonial constitutions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Johanna Bond

4. International institutions, constitution-making and gender
Christina Murray and Cindy Wittke

PART II CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN
5. Gender equality: International law and national constitutions
Wendy Lacey

6. ‘Gendering’ federal constitutions
Jill Vickers

7. A practitioner’s account: the Constitution Assessment for Women’s Equality
Melanie Allen

PART III CONSTITUTIONAL PRACTICE
8. Gender equality, interpretation, and feminist pluralism
Vicki C. Jackson

9. Gender and constitutionalism in the European Union
Susan Millns

10. Gender equality and parity in European national constitutions
Dia Anagnostou

11. Women judges on constitutional courts: why not nine women?
Beverley Baines

PART IV CONSTITUTIONS AND CITIZENSHIP
12. Women’s political citizenship in new European constitutionalism: between constitutional amendment and progressive interpretation
Ruth Rubio-Marín

13. Indigenous women and constitutional recognition
Megan Davis

14. Citizenship and nationality
Helen Irving

PART V CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES
15. Religion, custom, and legal pluralism
Susan H. Williams

16. Constitutions and reproductive rights: convergence and non-convergence
Rosalind Dixon and Jade Bond

17. Constitutions, gender and freedom of expression: the legal regulation of pornography
Katharine Gelber and Adrienne Stone

18. Constitutional approaches to gender and social and economic rights
Beth Goldblatt

19. Patriarchy and constitutional origins
John Kang

Index