This study explored the characteristics of women’s policy agenda
through analyzing legislative activities in the 17th national assembly.
For this study, we carried out analysis over the change and characteristics
of women’s policy agenda through analyzing and comparing
assembly records of the standing committee on women’s policy agenda
proposed and discussed during 2004 to 2006 year, 30th of June.
The result of this study followed below. Firstly, women’s policy
agenda proposed and discussed in the 17th national assembly has been
consistently increased. Also, new women’s policy agenda that was not
expected to be proposed in the past assemblies emerged in the 17th
national assembly. The 17the national assembly in which women
elected in national assembly have been increased saw more laws on
women’s issues proposed and legislated. More laws on women’s issues
proposed and discussed have been observed in the standing committee
where women have more seats than men in the national assembly.
Moreover, contents of women’s policy agenda varied periodically and
lately showed various aspects of women’s policy agenda that was not
confined to women’s problem itself.
Secondly, direction of women’s policy agenda was that its
gender-sensitiveness has went reinforced from simple women’s issue.
Increased women’s seats and activities in the national assembly led
men elected in the national assembly into having gender-sensitive perspectives. This could make activities in the national assembly go
toward becoming more gender equality. We have also observed increase
of women’s issue-related law proposed and discussed by men elected
in the 17th national assembly. This clearly showed the reinforcement in
terms of degree of gender sensitiveness for men elected in the national
Considering those results, increase of women’s seats in the national
assembly that could represent women’s issues is necessary in order to
obtain and expand gender-sensitiveness of women’s policy agenda.
Also, gender-sensitiveness in making legislative activities, based on
women’s political representation in the national assembly. should be
한국 여성정책 의제의 변화와 확대(Change and expansion of women's policy agenda in Korea)
17대 국회 전반기 입법활동을 중심으로(Focusing on the legislative activities in the 17th national assembly)
Seoul:Korea Women's Development Institute
|Journal Title; Vol./Issue||여성연구(The Women's Studies):vol.74(no.1)|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Social Development < Gender|