Bangladesh

Parliament

Specialized body - Gender equality

Standing Committee on Ministry of Women and Children Affairs
(September 2019)

About

Nature
Permanent

Members

Number of members
All MembersBelow 45 years of age
Total100
Men40
Women60
Political affiliation of members
Majority parties
9
Opposition parties
1

Chairperson(s)

Chair 1
Meher Afroze
Chairperson: Sex
Female
Date of birth
01 Nov 1957
Political affiliation
Majority

Committee functions

Committee functions
Scrutinise the Executive’s policy from a gender perspective
Yes
Obtain information from the Executive about the justification for actions or inaction which affect gender equality and women’s rights
Yes
Scrutinise State compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Yes
Initiate inquiries of its own choosing
Yes
Monitor the adequacy of the existing national system for the promotion of gender equality
Yes

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:
Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Initiate parliamentary debates on its reports or on subjects of its choosing
Yes
Carry out inquiries
Yes
Make recommendations to the Executive
Yes
Conduct visits, including visits abroad
Yes

Committee working methods

The Committee:
Usually reaches consensus on the issues on which it reports
Yes
Systematically follows up its reports and recommendations
Yes
Reports regularly to Parliament on its activities
Yes

Cooperation and coordination

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