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Specialized body - Gender equality

Special Committee responsible for knowing initiatives and processing bills related to women and gender equality
(March 2018)

About

Nature
Temporary (ad hoc)

Members

Number of members
All MembersBelow 45 years of age
Total50
Women50
Political affiliation of members
Majority parties
3
Opposition parties
2

Chairperson

Chairperson: Sex
Female
Age: Chairperson is below 45 years of age
No
Political affiliation
Majority

Committee functions

Committee functions
Mainstream gender equality into the work of (other) parliamentary committees and of Parliament as a whole
Yes
Scrutinise all Bills from a gender perspective
No
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
Yes
Scrutinise State compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
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
Yes
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 involvement in international human rights reporting mechanisms

Committee involvement in international human rights reporting mechanisms
Consulted in the preparation of the most recent national report to the CEDAW Committee
No
Included in the official delegation which orally presented the most recent national report to the CEDAW Committee
No
Discussed the conclusions and recommendations which the CEDAW Committee adopted as a result
No
Conducted hearings with the Executive about its plans to implement these conclusions and recommendations
No
Involved in the preparation of national reports to other international or regional mechanisms (Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council on Women, peace and security, the Beijing Platform for action…)
No

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:
Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Introduce bills into Parliament
Yes
Hold oral evidence hearings
Yes
Make recommendations to the Executive
Yes

Committee working methods

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:
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