National Council of Women's Rights

The National Council of Women's Rights was created in 1985. Since 2003, the council has been linked to the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women and aims to promote national policies directed to women using a gender perspective. These should aim to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, including in economic and financial affairs, and extend the process of social control over such policies. It is the council?s responsibility to participate in the development of criteria and parameters for the formulation and implementation of goals and priorities to ensure equal conditions for women, including in the coordination to develop the federal budget proposal; propose strategies for monitoring, evaluation and control, as well as for participation in the deliberative process to establish national guidelines for gender equality policies; support the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women in conjunction with other organs from the federal public administration and the state, municipal and Federal District governments; promote studies, discussions and research on the reality of the situation of women in the country, in able to contribute to the development of proposals for public policies aimed at eliminating all forms of prejudice and discrimination; participate in the organization of national conferences on public policies for women; propose the development of programs and projects to generate awareness on gender issues within the public administration; coordinate with public and private entities and bodies not represented in the council so as to encourage and enhance a relationship and a systematic exchange on how to promote women's rights; and coordinate with women?s movements, and municipal and state councils on women's rights and other sector councils, to expand mutual cooperation and common strategies for the implementation of actions for gender equality and to strengthen social control. The council has 32 councilors, of which 12 are representatives of the public sector, 20, of civil society organizations and three are women with an expertise on gender issues.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

embedded in the constitution/legislation 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
civil society  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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