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Maldives

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People's Majlis

Specialized body - Women

Social Affairs Committee
(June 2014)

About

Nature
Permanent

Members

Number of members
All MembersBelow 45 years of age
Total113
Men92
Women21
Political affiliation of members
Majority parties
8

Chairperson

Chairperson: Sex
Male
Age: Chairperson is below 45 years of age
No

Committee functions

Committee functions
Mainstream gender equality into the work of (other) parliamentary committees and of Parliament as a whole
No
Scrutinise all Bills from a gender perspective
Yes
Scrutinise the Executive’s policy from a gender perspective
No
Obtain information from the Executive about the justification for actions or inaction which affect gender equality and women’s rights
No
Scrutinise State compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
No
Initiate inquiries of its own choosing
Yes
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
Yes
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
No
Scrutinise the Executive’s response to human rights judgments - of national, regional and international courts – that have gender considerations
No
Monitor the adequacy of the existing national system for the promotion of gender equality
No
Review the allocation and expenditure of funds in the State budget to support measures to promote gender equality and protect women’s rights
No

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:
Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Introduce bills into Parliament
No
Initiate parliamentary debates on its reports or on subjects of its choosing
No
Carry out inquiries
Yes
Hold oral evidence hearings
Yes
Compel witnesses to attend
Yes
Compel the production of documents and papers
Yes
Make recommendations to the Executive
Yes
Conduct visits, including visits abroad
Yes
Access places of detention without notice
No

Committee working methods

The Committee:
Adopts an annual or longer-term work plan
Yes
Publishes reports on its work on the parliamentary website
No
Usually reaches consensus on the issues on which it reports
No
Systematically follows up its reports and recommendations
No
Number of specialised staff to service committee
2

Cooperation and coordination

The Committee regularly cooperates and coordinates (e.g. through sharing of reports; meetings; joint follow-up action) with:
Other parliamentary committees
Often
Civil society organisations
Often
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 human rights
Often
Academic institutions, including human rights and gender equality research institutes
Often
The media
Sometimes

Contact information for the Committee