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The Estonian Parliament

Caucuses

The mandate, working methods and activities of women’s caucuses in parliament.

Women

Caucus name
Women's Union (1998-01)
Date of creation
01.1998
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
Notes
All female parlamentarians belong to a women's union. These unions have no formal leaders and are chaired on rotating basis.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- Ending violence against women and children, training on gender-responsive budgeting, pay gap problems, etc. According to the OSCE study on women MPs, " As the Union does not receive funding from the Estonian Parliament, it has mainly focused on advocacy work on women, family, and children’s issues, in partnership with civil society organizations, universities and research centres, focusing on the promotion of public debates on gender-related issues rather than directly influencing policy and legislation. Research papers and studies are also commissioned from university centres and civil society institutes. An example of this co-operation is a recent initiative, jointly organized with the NGO ETNA Eestimaal (funded by the Open Estonia Foundation), to support small businesses for women in rural areas of the country. Although this will not necessarily result in any legislative change, this co-operation has resulted in the betterment of the lives of women members of the electorate" (A Comparative Study of Structures for Women MPs in the OSCE Region, 2013) - Low birth rate problems, family violence, etc. - Women and technology, youth recreation activities, hate speech against women, boys' dropout rate from school, etc.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details