Can citizens' assemblies help end gender inequality?

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Democratic Innovation:

Ireland is doing it again! On the heels of two successful Citizens' Assemblies - the first on marriage equality, and the second on reproductive rights - Ireland is now running one on gender equality. Naturally, we wanted to know all about it.  

As far as democratic innovations go, Citizens' Assemblies are one of the most exciting new developments. Not only do they bring ordinary citizens together and reconnect them with power, they also enable a rational discussion on often polarising and contentious topics such as abortion. Can they also help end gender inequality? 

The distinguished scholar, Associate Professor Jane Suiter is currently vising the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. As the founding member of We the Citizens, Ireland's first deliberative experiment, and the co-lead of the Irish Citizens' Assembly project, there are few people better placed to give us some insights. Here, she talks to BroadAgenda's Chief Editor, Virginia Haussegger. Take a look! 

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