Gender Module 2 - 2

Discussion Questions

The following questions will help you assess where your parliament stands with regard to gender mainstreaming. They also aim to help you identify areas for improvement.

Parliamentary institution and rules of procedure

Does your parliament:

  • Hold debates, meetings or seminars on gender issues and/or mainstreaming of policies?
  • Disseminate information on gender issues and/or gender mainstreaming to its members and staff?
  • Provide access to sex-disaggregated data?
  • Have in its library relevant, timely and up-to-date information on gender issues?
  • Provide gender equality training for MPs and/or parliamentary staff? Does the induction training include a gender equality and/or budgeting component?
  • Have in place or is working on establishing a gender action plan, and working group(s) or a dedicated committee(s) to oversee its implementation?
  • Have in place or is working on establishing a gender action plan, and working group, a dedicated committee or women’s caucus to oversee its implementation?
  • Have a gender equality committee? Does it exist as a permanent structure? Is its role, responsibilities and powers equal to that of other committees? Is it similarly resourced?
  • Work with women’s groups outside parliament? What can be done to strengthen this partnership?
  • Support its members and staff in undertaking gender-sensitive oversight training, staff, and budgets? Are gender mainstreaming trainings offered, for example, as part of induction?
  • Have a strong professional relationship with the media?
Use of oversight tools
  • Policy oversight: has your parliament created mechanisms to oversee the government’s gender equality commitments in the area of energy policies? How effective have they been? What are the reasons for their successes and shortcomings, and what could be improved?
  • Budget oversight: does your parliament scrutinize the budget from a gender perspective? Are MPs in your parliament able to hold government to account for the extent to which public expenditure has benefitted women and men?
  • Implementation monitoring: if gender equality legislation has been adopted, has your parliament monitor its impact? What can your parliament do when legislation is not put into practice?