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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. 

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  • 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.


  • Africa Freedom of Information Centre
  • The B Team
  • CARE International
  • Center for Global Development
  • Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir (ILSB)
  • Equal Measures 2030
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • Hivos
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Open Contracting Partnership
  • Open Data Charter
  • Open Heroines
  • Oxfam International
  • Técnicas Rudas
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • South Korea
  • UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Government of the UK


  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

    Bringing an inclusion lens to COVID-19 open government reforms is vital to ensure effective government response and recovery efforts. Find…

    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

  10. Gender and Extractive Governance: Lessons from Existing Legal and Policy Frameworks

    Women and gender minorities often face disproportionate harms from oil, gas and mineral extraction and are likely to access economic…

    2021, Outbound Link, Web Page


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