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OGP members are intentional, strategic, and ambitious in bringing women and underrepresented groups into the OGP process and in ensuring that reforms are inclusive of all people’s needs.


Break the Roles

Break the Roles is a campaign asking all of us to strengthen the gender perspectives in our OGP commitments and increase women’s voices across open government...


Why Gender, Why Now

At 83 years old, my mother is vibrant and full of life. As she reminisces on her life, she says, I really wanted to be a lawyer, but could not.  In her youth in my home state of Bihar –…

A child born to a literate mother is 50 percent more likely to see his or her fifth birthday. That is just one of the powerful outcomes when women are treated as equal participants in communities.  When women are equal, contributing members of society, with access to information, health care, education, and work, those societies are more likely to succeed – and in a more inclusive and sustainable manner.

Yet, girls around the world are kept out of school, a challenge that gets even harder as they get older. Women are denied access to basic credit, which bars them from real independence and the ability to engage in commerce. Women are denied information about their reproductive health choices, barring them full agency in their lives. Furthermore, women are frequently blocked from participating in public and political life, limiting their civic engagement.

Our Gender Priorities

OGP has begun working with participating governments to streamline gender into open government commitments. Through the new Feminist Open Government initiative in partnership with the Government of Canada, OGP is trying to not only encourage participating countries to adopt more gender commitments, but to also apply a gender lens throughout the co-creation and implementation process, ensuring that women and girls are part of the action plan process from start to finish.

Current gender commitments under OGP cover a variety of thematic and strategic objectives including a focus on increasing women’s political participation and holding governments more accountable for the treatment and status of women and girls.

Why Gender?

There is overwhelming evidence that investing in women generates among the highest returns for society. A woman’s wages increase by ten to twenty percent for every additional year she spends in primary school, and she puts 80 percent of that back into her family.  Additionally, investments in women’s education and health demonstrably improve outcomes for children, households, and the larger community. Despite this, entrenched institutional inequalities and repressive social norms have prevented these successes and others from being realized.

Actions for a More Inclusive OGP

In 2019, OGP is asking its members and partners to be intentional, strategic, and ambitious in how it brings women and girls into the co-creation process and implementation of commitments. Learn about the actions you can take here.


Recommendations highlight suggested steps that those tackling gender issues through the OGP process can take to inform their Action Plans.


Women’s groups are fully participating in the OGP co-creation process in countries like Afghanistan, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The women of OGP are pushing to mainstream gender through growing social media-driven movements like #MujeresOGP and #OpenHeroines, but this is just a start. A new set of OGP countries have committed to enhancing women’s voices and further strengthening their participation in shaping public policy and overseeing service delivery.

The following are action steps that governments can take to ensure the equal participation of women:

  • Monitor data on public service delivery to ensure all genders are served
    • In Bojonegoro, Indonesia, the local government has committed to regularly surveying communities about the delivery of public services, to ensure that all segments of a community are heard
  • Require women to take part in the full-life cycle of policy-making, including implementation
    • In Liberia, a land rights commitment includes women in mapping exercises to ensure that needs are met across the spectrum
    • In Cote d’Ivoire, women participate in participatory budgeting exercises to ensure their needs and services are met and delivered


Governments must be held accountable for any commitments made on gender, particularly those to defend against sexual- and gender-based violence. Following are steps that OGP countries may take to address these essential human issues. Many countries have already added gender accountability to their commitments, and may serve as a model to others.

The following are action steps that governments can take to ensure government  accountability in terms of gender.

  • Publish data on sexual- and gender-based violence
    • In Sierra Leone, the government has committed to publishing national data on sexual and gender-based violence, as well as following through with provision of services for victims and creating an environment to bring perpetrators to justice
  • Create databases to monitor critical issues
    • In Brazil, the government has committed to a database tracking femicides (homicides of women) and ensuring that data on such crimes is publicly available to all citizens
  • Participate in system assessments to protect the rights of women
    • Colombia has committed to evaluating and updating the Public Policy on Gender Equality, which tracks violence against women, sexual and intra-family violence (SIVIGILA)


  1. Guide to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and Inclusive Open Government

    This guide has been designed to help countries that are part of the Open Government Partnership apply Gender-based Analysis Plus…

    2019, Documents, Web Page

  2. Actions for a More Inclusive Open Government Partnership

    Version en español » “We value public participation of all people, equally and without discrimination, in decision making and policy…

    2019, Page, Web Page

  3. Advocacy to Action: OGP Supports “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”

    On November 25, 1960 the bodies of three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa Mirabal Reyes were found at the…

    2018, Stories, Web Page

  4. The Feminist Open Government Initiative

    2018, Page, Web Page

  5. Faces of Open Government – Shyamala Gomez

    Shyamala Gomez is the Executive Director at the Centre for Equality and Justice. How have gender commitments in Sri Lanka’s…

    2019, Stories, Web Page

  6. Faces of Open Gov - Shreya Basu

    This article was originally published on GovInsider. View the original article here.   How do you use technology/policy to improve…

    2019, Stories, Web Page

  7. Gender Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    2019, Document, PDF


  1. CEDAW implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Open Official Statistics

    BA0004, 2019, Capacity Building

  3. Implementation of the National Water Plan

    UY0099, 2018, E-Government

  4. Observatory on gender-based violence against women

    UY0102, 2018, E-Government

  5. gender-based violence open data

    UY0103, 2018, E-Government

  6. human trafficking prevention

    UY0104, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Gender perspective to access to information

    UY0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. National Dance Plan

    UY0118, 2018, Gender

  9. Awareness-raising about Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Gender and youth perspective in rural areas

    UY0122, 2018, Gender

  11. Observatory for equality and non-discrimination

    UY0123, 2018, Gender

  12. Indicators of welfare and economic, social and cultural rights

    UY0125, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Health Sector Transparency and establish a cost impact assessment mechanism

    MK0128, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Employment program transparency and impact assessment mechanism

    MK0129, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. Inclusive local decision-making

    MK0134, 2018, Gender

  16. Financial transparency and accountability

    CA0065, 2018, E-Government

  17. Feminist and inclusive dialogue

    CA0071, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Open government community

    CA0073, 2018, Capacity Building

  19. Expand opportunities for civic participation

    ELG0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. women in public works projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  21. Public healthcare service delivery

    ELG0007, 2018, E-Government

  22. Youth empowerment

    ELG0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. local digital democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  25. Fostering national dialogue to achieve political reform

    JO0061, 2018, Capacity Building

  26. Informal Economy Participants

    PNG0004, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. gender equality

    BUE0008, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Citizen feedback portal

    KAD0005, 2018, E-Government

  29. Open Contracting

    KE0018, 2018, Capacity Building

  30. Transparency and Participation in Health Data

    ID0093, 2018, E-Government


    LAL0005, 2018, Capacity Building


    LAL0006, 2018, E-Government


    LAL0008, 2018, Capacity Building


    LAL0009, 2018, Capacity Building


    LAL0010, 2018, Capacity Building

  36. Desarrollaremos espacios que faciliten la participación ciudadana

    PY0072, 2018, Audits and Controls

  37. Fortalecer la coordinación interinstitucional y fomentar la transparencia y la participación ciudadana en el sector seguridad.

    GT0090, 2018, Gender

  38. Fortalecimiento de la transparencia en el proceso electoral.

    GT0104, 2018, Audits and Controls

  39. Acciones para diseñar y desarrollar una herramienta informática que permita a las instituciones públicas proveer información de los beneficiarios de los bienes y servicios públicos, a través de la apertura de la meta física “personas”, con características de sexo, edad y etnia.

    GT0108, 2018, E-Government

  40. Courts to address Violence against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender


    CR0055, 2017, Gender


    CR0056, 2017, Gender

  43. Protection Policy for Women under Conflict and Emergency Situations

    AF0008, 2017, Gender

  44. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  45. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  46. Apertura de información sobre equidad de género en ciencia y tecnología para la incidencia en políticas públicas

    AR0044, 2017, Gender

  47. Monitoreo del Plan Nacional de Acción para la Prevención, Asistencia y Erradicación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres 2017-2019

    AR0049, 2017, E-Government

  48. Elaboración participativa de un Plan Nacional de Igualdad de Oportunidades

    AR0057, 2017, Gender

  49. Territorialización de los lineamientos de prevención de violencia sexual en mujeres y niñas

    CO0057, 2017, Capacity Building

  50. Articulación con entidades público – privadas para el intercambio de datos y la transferencia de conocimientos en materia de género

    CO0081, 2017, E-Government

  51. Training of Public Employees

    ES0040, 2017, Gender


    CR0047, 2017, E-Government

  53. Gender

    SL0012, 2016, Capacity Building

  54. Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to include a transparent and accountable process to implement selected Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations.

    LK0012, 2016, Gender

  55. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

    LK0013, 2016, Gender

  56. CEDAW – Inclusion

    LK0014, 2016, Gender

  57. Strengthening Women Participation in the political decision making process at the local level

    LK0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  58. Promote participatory budget in 05 communes

    CI0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  59. Data Revolution

    BOJ0001, 2016, Capacity Building


    SV0092, 2016, Capacity Building

  61. Reducción de la brecha salarial entre hombres y mujeres en el estado de jalisco

    JAL0002, 2016, E-Government

  62. Starred commitment Portal integral de provisión de información y canal de reporte sobre servicios de salud sexual y reproductiva en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

    BUE0004, 2016, E-Government

  63. Crear un Sistema Nacional de Cuidados con la participación activa de la ciudadanía cuyo objetivo sea impulsar la corresponsabilidad social en los trabajos de cuidados (familia, comunidad, mercado y Estado) para lograr una igualdad sustantiva entre hombres y mujeres, a través de la articulación de políticas, infraestructura y servicios en esta materia.

    MX0067, 2016, Capacity Building

  64. Participación ciudadana en el diseño de políticas públicas.

    PY0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  65. Seguimiento de las recomendaciones del Comité de la ONU para la Eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación contra la mujer

    UY0066, 2016, Capacity Building

  66. Participation of Women in the Public Service

    MT0008, 2015, Capacity Building


    CO0042, 2015, Gender

  68. Mujeres libres de violencias y discriminaciones

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  69. Construcción participativa de la política pública LGBTI

    CO0056, 2015, Gender

  70. Starred commitment Hold referenda arising from the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention

    IE0010, 2014, Gender

  71. Informing women on the rights and the services available to them with the Programme

    MK0085, 2014, Capacity Building

  72. Development of an Information System on the Maria da Penha Law (Law No. 11,340/2006)

    BR0081, 2013, Gender

  73. Combatting all forms of discrimination: Trainings for police officers for professional conduct with LGBT persons

    ME0048, 2012, Capacity Building

  74. Gender and child aspects in government units budget

    JO0028, 2012, Gender

  75. Implementación de Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - EITI.

    GT0013, 2012, Gender

  76. Promotion of consumers information in selected areas.

    MK0033, 2012, Gender

  77. Measures to promote gender equality and women’s full participation in civic life, the private sector, the public administration and political processes.

    NO0002, 2011, Gender

  78. Gender Equality – Participation in the Private Sector

    NO0003, 2011, Gender

  79. Increase Women's Representation in Local Government

    NO0004, 2011, Gender

  80. Gender Equality Program

    NO0005, 2011, Gender

  81. Gender Equality – Inclusion of Immigrant Women

    NO0006, 2011, Gender

  82. Gender Equality – Combat Gender Stereotypes

    NO0007, 2011, Gender

  83. Gender Equality – Youth Initiatives

    NO0008, 2011, Gender

  84. Gender Equality – Combat Domestic Violence

    NO0009, 2011, Gender

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