Promoting Male-Female Collaboration in Legislatures

Jessica Gomez with Carla Koppell | January 2008

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Women are capturing an increasing share of seats in post-conflict legislatures around the world. Evidence indicates that they are vital to ensuring that countries make necessary social investments in children’s and women’s rights, health care, and education; however, these lawmakers are more likely to succeed when they collaborate with male counterparts and when issues are framed as concerns to both sexes. Thus, the international community can help consolidate democracies by fostering alliances among male and female legislators. Part of a series that builds on a three-year field program on the role of women in Rwanda, this policy brief provides policymakers, donors, and program planners with strategies for the consolidation of democracy in post-conflict societies.

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