We recognise that legislation can play a direct role in social change by helping to shape what is acceptable behaviour in society through laws that are enforced. Formal laws can both reinforce, and help challenge negative norms, and gender stereotypes. Legal frameworks are just one component of the ‘formal rules’ that are necessary for social change. Others are: budgetary processes, voting practice, and political party representation. With this in mind, V4C will complement its work on legal frameworks with efforts to support the participation and representation of women in decision-making structures, and work with the Ministry of Finance to strengthen budgetary processes to benefit adolescent girls and women. This approach will promote the inclusion of women within the structures of institutions, which will become a catalyst to raise the profile and value ascribed to women’s role in governance.
The three components of V4C work on formal institutions are:
- Support legal reform on gender equality and women’s empowerment through the passage of two gender responsive legislations; Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill (VAPP) and Gender & Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB)
- Strengthen budgetary processes to benefit adolescent girls and women
- Promote the participation, representation and influence of women in political parties.