International IDEA and PSRP host historic gathering of women constitution makers

On 24 and 25 October 2019, International IDEA and the Political Settlements Research Programme hosted the inaugural Women Constitution Makers Dialogue in Edinburgh.

This historic event brought together women from around the world who have played an instrumental role in constitution-building in The Gambia, Tunisia, Egypt, Nepal, Kenya, Hungary, South Africa, Syria, South Sudan, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and the Maldives.

Participants shared their experiences of navigating gender and social transformation in a variety of contexts. Discussions ranged from the conceptual frameworks on women’s participation, representation, and influence in constitution making processes, to real-world case studies of successes and challenges in identifying and negotiating political inclusion and the strategic interests of women.  A short video featuring interviews with participants is forthcoming.

Following the success of the event, participants plan to establish a Global Network of Women Constitution Makers, which will meet annually to elevate the role of women in constitution making. Interested in getting involved? Email us at