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Societies are more likely to succeed when all people are equal, contributing members. OGP members need to be  intentional, strategic and ambitious in bringing the perspectives of women and gender groups into open government.

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Opening up government is an underexplored method for accelerating gender equality and closing critical gaps in information, access, and participation. When the perspectives of women, girls, and those across the gender and sexual identity spectrum are included in open government, so is critical knowledge and skills that increase the potential of ambitious reforms.

OGP members have made great strides to include women in OGP process and to increase gender perspectives within commitments. In 2019, OGP launched the Break the Roles campaign to encourage to be more intentional, strategic, and ambitious in bringing women and gender diverse perspectives into open government. To date, 31 OGP members have committed to a gender action or are currently implementing a gender commitment, surpassing the original goal of 30 percent. In 2019, gender became the fastest growing thematic area for OGP. Commitments range from interventions to reduce gender-based violence by working across government to collect and analyze data holistically, to specific initiatives to increase women-owned businesses access to public procurement bids, to increasing citizen knowledge of health care clinics and soliciting feedback on the quality of care they received. 

Still,  more work is needed to ensure commitments reflect the needs of women and gender groups, and that they are actively participating in co-creation processes. There is considerable room for growth. As of March 2020, OGP governments made 127 commitments that include women or gender perspectives, but this still only reflects 3 percent of the total number of OGP commitments. Even fewer specifically address issues of sexual identity or orientation.

Moving forward, OGP will work with members to enhance women and the LGBTQIA+ community’s participation in the process, mainstream gender into existing thematic priorities, and develop new reforms with a specific focus on advancing gender equality. OGP will also continue to document best practices through the Feminist Open Government Initiative and Multi-Donor Trust Fund projects. Throughout, we will seek opportunities to better connect local, national, and global gender initiatives to core government transparency and accountability action.

To learn more about Break the Roles and how to take action to increase gender equality through the Open Government Partnership, please visit the campaign page here. 


Break the Roles

In 2019, OGP launched Break the Roles, a campaign asking all of us to strengthen the gender perspectives in our commitments and increase women’s voices across open government.


  • Join the Break the Roles campaign and coalition to help break traditional stereotypes about gender and open government. More than 20 countries and civil society organizations have already joined the campaign, including OGP members Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Italy and Kenya. 
  • Engage women, gender groups, and LGBTQ+ communities across the OGP co-creation process and implementation. When Morocco joined OGP in 2018, it recognized the gender imbalance of its OGP steering committee as a barrier to being representative of all citizens. To address this, they actively recruited women’s organizations to join the body. While early, this has already led to a commitment to review of the national action plan for gender-sensitive language. As part of a participatory budgeting commitment, Côte d’Ivoire committed through OGP to engage women’s groups as a target community for participatory budgeting to help set priorities and fund public services that better respond to their needs.
  • Mainstream Gender across all commitments.  Prior to finalizing their action plan, the Canada conducted a gender-based analysis of draft commitments to ensure the full plan took into consideration the needs and priorities of women and other equity-seeking groups. 
  • Design commitments that advance gender-focused priorities. Germany used its action plan to conduct regular monitoring on the status of women and men in leadership positions in the private and public sectors. In Sri Lanka, the government used OGP to implement targets under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimintion Against Women (CEDAW), including using OGP as an implementing body for a 25 percent quota for women in local public office. Brazil developed a unified information system for data on violence against women and a new reporting system for gender-based violence. Colombia drafted LGBTQ legislation as part of its 2015-2017 action plan to ensure equal rights and non-discrimination.

Feminist Open Government

The Feminist Open Government Initiative uses research to encourage governments and civil society to pursue reforms leading to gender advancements. The Initiative began as a priority of the 2018-2019 OGP co-chairmanship of Nathaniel Heller of Results for Development and the Government of Canada. 

OGP collaborates on the initiative with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Open Data for Development (OD4D), and Results for Development.

Initial research was published in May 2019 and included case studies from Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Indonesia, the Philippines, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Mexico, Jordan and Tunisia.

The second round of research identifies opportunities to accelerate gender and women’s participation in OGP processes and commitments.


  • Results for Development
  • Save the Children
  • Global Women’s Leadership Index Initiative
  • Advancing the Right of Access to Information for Women
  • Africa Freedom of Information Centre
  • B Team
  • CARE International
  • Center for Global Development
  • Department for International Development
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Government of the UK
  • Equal Measures 2030
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • Hivos
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Natural Resource Governance Institute – View our MoU here.
  • Open Contracting Partnership – View our MoU here.
  • Open Data Charter
  • Open Heroines
  • Oxfam
  • Técnicas Rudas
  • United Nations Development Programme – View our MoU here.
  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Kenya


  1. Integrity and Genders in Open Government Commitments - Poder Ciudadano

    In this report, Poder Ciudadano (Transparency International's chapter in Argentina) lays out an evaluation and a series of recommendations to…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  2. Recommendations on Women Against Corruption for OGP Action Plans

    Transparency International shares recommendations for governments serious about tackling the impact of corruption on women and ensuring their participation in…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page

  3. A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus: Inclusion and Gender

    In times of emergency, it can be all too easy for inclusion efforts to fall to the wayside. However, bringing…

    2020, Guidance Document, Web Page

  4. 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, Resource, Web Page

  5. Actions for a More Inclusive Open Government Partnership

    Opening up government is an underexplored method for accelerating gender equality and closing critical gaps in information, access, and participation.

    2019, , Web Page

  6. 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, Perspective, Web Page

  7. The Feminist Open Government Initiative

    The Feminist Open Government Initiative uses research and action to encourage governments and civil society to champion initiatives leading to…

    2018, , Web Page

  8. Gender Fact Sheet 2020

    Snapshots of global progress and member-level examples of open government work in gender.

    2020, Document, PDF

  9. How to Empower Women-Led Businesses and Make Public Procurement More Inclusive

    This research report by the Open Contracting Partnership and Value for Women explores the barriers facing women-led businesses in public…

    2020, Outbound Link, Web Page


  1. Starred commitment Comprehensive Portal Providing Information and Channel Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the City of Buenos Aires.

    BUE0004, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  2. Starred commitment Hold Referenda Arising from the Recommendations of the Constitutional Convention

    IE0010, 2014, Gender

  3. Improve Implementation of Right to Access to Information

    SL0026, 2019, Gender

  4. Advancing Gender Equality

    SL0027, 2019, Gender

  5. Open Parliament

    SL0028, 2019, Gender

  6. CEDAW Implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Political Integrity

  7. Open Official Statistics

    BA0004, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  8. Register of Beneficial Owners

    IT0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  9. Citizen Participation in Local Government

    PH0056, 2019, Civic Space

  10. Digital Citizenship and Skills

    IT0066, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  11. Participation in Local Tourism Development

    PH0057, 2019, Gender

  12. Basic Education Inputs Program

    PH0058, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  13. Open Data Portal

    PH0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  14. Implement EITI

    PH0061, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  15. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Gender

  16. Labor Inclusivity and Dispute Resolution

    PH0063, 2019, Gender

  17. Participatory Children's Health and Nutrition Program

    PH0064, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  18. Indigenous Representation in Local Legislative Councils

    PH0065, 2019, Gender

  19. Open Contracting Data Publication

    PH0066, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  20. Federalization of the Micaela Law

    AR0091, 2019, Gender

  21. Gender Disaggregated Employment Data

    AR0092, 2019, Gender

  22. Systematize Information About Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies

    AR0093, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  23. Revise Law on Recruitment and Authority of Attorneys General

    AF0014, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  24. Establish Anti-Corruption Commission

    AF0016, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  25. Women's Empowerment Plan

    AF0030, 2019, Gender

  26. Establishment of Women Grand Council

    AF0031, 2019, Gender

  27. Implement Open Contracting and the Open Contracting Data Standard

    NG0016, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  28. Implement EITI Standard

    NG0019, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  29. Implement Permanent Dialogue Mechanism

    NG0025, 2019, Gender

  30. Enhance Participation of the Vulnerable

    NG0028, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  31. Platform for Protecting Human Rights Defenders

    LU0006, 2019, Civic Space

  32. Socio-Economic Empowerment for Women and Youth

    BF0021, 2019, Gender

  33. Increase Women's Representation in Decision-Making

    BF0022, 2019, Gender

  34. Plan to Eradicate Violence Against Women

    EC0007, 2019, Gender

  35. Citizen Oversight of Social Program Spending

    MX0075, 2019, Fiscal Openness

  36. Citizen Participation in Sustainable Rural Development

    MX0076, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  37. Transparent Education Data

    MX0077, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  38. Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Youth

    MX0078, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  39. Transparency to Promote Labor Inclusion

    MX0079, 2019, Gender

  40. Open Platform for Public Security Information

    MX0080, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  41. Technology Rights and Privacy

    MX0081, 2019, Civic Space

  42. Strengthen Public Care Services

    MX0082, 2019, Gender

  43. Transparency of Forestry, Water, and Fishing Management

    MX0084, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  44. Subnational Open Government Strategy

    MX0087, 2019, Gender

  45. Implementation of the National Water Plan

    UY0099, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  46. Observatory on Gender-Based Violence Against Women

    UY0102, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  47. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, Gender

  48. Human Trafficking Prevention

    UY0104, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  49. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Gender

  50. National Dance Plan

    UY0118, 2018, Gender

  51. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Gender

  52. Gender and Youth Perspective in Rural Areas

    UY0122, 2018, Gender

  53. Observatory for Equality and Non-Discrimination

    UY0123, 2018, Gender

  54. Indicators of Welfare and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    UY0125, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  55. Health Sector Transparency and Establish a Cost Impact Assessment Mechanism

    MK0128, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  56. Employment Program Transparency and Impact Assessment Mechanism

    MK0129, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  57. Inclusive Local Decision-Making

    MK0134, 2018, Gender

  58. Financial Transparency and Accountability

    CA0065, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  59. Feminist and Inclusive Dialogue

    CA0071, 2018, Gender

  60. Open Government Community

    CA0073, 2018, Gender

  61. Expand Opportunities for Civic Participation

    ELG0006, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  62. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  63. Public Healthcare Service Delivery

    ELG0007, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  64. Youth Empowerment

    ELG0009, 2018, Gender

  65. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Gender

  66. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, Gender

  67. Fostering National Dialogue to Achieve Political Reform

    JO0061, 2018, Political Integrity

  68. Informal Economy Participants

    PNG0004, 2018, Gender

  69. Gender Equality

    BUE0008, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  70. Citizen Feedback Portal

    KAD0005, 2018, Gender

  71. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  72. Transparency in Public Procurement

    COT0003, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  73. Open Legislation

    COT0005, 2018, Gender

  74. Open Contracting

    KE0019, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  75. Transparency and Participation in Health Data

    ID0093, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  76. Decide Freedom - Improving Civic Involvement

    LAL0005, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  77. Improving Accountability of Regional Government

    LAL0006, 2018, Gender

  78. Reducing the Digital Divide Literacy

    LAL0008, 2018, Gender

  79. Transferring the Experiences of Civic Participation to Municipalities of Freedom

    LAL0009, 2018, Gender

  80. Tracking Anemia and Child Malnutrition

    LAL0010, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  81. We Develop Spaces That Facilitate Citizen Participation

    PY0069, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  82. Strengthen Interagency Coordination and Promote Transparency and Citizen Participation in the Security Sector.

    GT0090, 2018, Public Service Delivery

  83. Strengthening Transparency in the Electoral Process.

    GT0104, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  84. Actions to Design and Develop a Computer Tool

    GT0108, 2018, Gender

  85. Courts to Address Violence Against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  86. Training for Women of Political Parties

    CR0055, 2017, Political Integrity

  87. Tools and Mechanisms to Promote and Advocacy of Population Lgtbi

    CR0056, 2017, Gender

  88. Protection Policy for Women Under Conflict and Emergency Situations

    AF0008, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  89. Data Revolution

    BOJ0001, 2017, Gender

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

    DE0010, 2017, Gender

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

    DE0012, 2017, Gender

  92. Reducing the Wage Gap Between Men and Women in the State of Jalisco

    JAL0002, 2017, Gender

  93. Opening Information Gender Equity in Science and Technology for Influencing Public Politics

    AR0044, 2017, Gender

  94. Monitoring of the National Action Plan for the Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence Against Women 2017-2019

    AR0049, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  95. Participatory Development of a National Plan for Equal Opportunities

    AR0057, 2017, Gender

  96. Territorializing Guidelines Sexual Violence Prevention in Women and Girls

    CO0057, 2017, Gender

  97. Coordination with Public Entities - Private Partnerships for Data Exchange and Transfer of Knowledge on Gender

    CO0081, 2017, Gender

  98. Information on Gender-Based Violence

    ES0039, 2017, Public Service Delivery

  99. Digital Platform for Access to Information on Plans, Programs and Protection Mecha Mos Women's Rights

    CR0047, 2017, Gender

  100. Gender

    SL0012, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  101. 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

  102. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

    LK0013, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  103. CEDAW – Inclusion

    LK0014, 2016, Gender

  104. Strengthening Women Participation in the Political Decision Making Process at the Local Level

    LK0015, 2016, Political Integrity

  105. Promote Participatory Budget in 05 Communes

    CI0014, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  106. Integral and Youth Council for Women

    SV0092, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  107. Create a National System of Care with the Active Participation of Citizens Whose Aim Is to Promote Social Responsibility in Care Work (Family, Community, Market and State) to Achieve Substantive Equality Between Men and Women, Through Joint Policies, Infrastructure and Services in This Area.

    MX0067, 2016, Gender

  108. Citizen Participation in Public Policy Design.

    PY0029, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  109. Follow the Recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

    UY0066, 2016, Gender

  110. Participation of Women in the Public Service

    MT0008, 2015, Gender

  111. Strengthen Citizen Participation

    CO0042, 2015, Fiscal Openness

  112. Free Women from Violence and Discrimination

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  113. Participatory Construction of Public Policy LGBTI

    CO0056, 2015, Gender

  114. Informing Women on the Rights and the Services Available to Them with the Programme

    MK0085, 2014, Gender

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

    BR0081, 2013, Gender

  116. Combatting All Forms of Discrimination: Trainings for Police Officers for Professional Conduct with LGBT Persons

    ME0048, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  117. Gender and Child Aspects in Government Units Budget

    JO0028, 2012, Gender

  118. Implementation of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - EITI.

    GT0013, 2012, Gender

  119. Promotion of Consumers Information in Selected Areas.

    MK0033, 2012, Gender

  120. 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

  121. Gender Equality – Participation in the Private Sector

    NO0003, 2011, Gender

  122. Increase Women's Representation in Local Government

    NO0004, 2011, Gender

  123. Gender Equality Program

    NO0005, 2011, Gender

  124. Gender Equality – Inclusion of Immigrant Women

    NO0006, 2011, Gender

  125. Gender Equality – Combat Gender Stereotypes

    NO0007, 2011, Gender

  126. Gender Equality – Youth Initiatives

    NO0008, 2011, Gender

  127. Gender Equality – Combat Domestic Violence

    NO0009, 2011, Gender

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