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When women are equal, contributing members, societies are more likely to succeed – and in a more inclusive and sustainable way. OGP members are intentional, strategic and ambitious in bringing women into open government. 


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There is overwhelming evidence that investing in women and amplifying their voices in political and policy decision-making generates among the highest returns for society.  Yet, entrenched inequalities and repressive social norms often lead to the absence of women’s perspectives, knowledge, and experience in government and civil society. These same norms impact the full participation of those across the gender and sexual identity spectrum.

While OGP members have made great strides to include women in the OGP process and to increase gender perspectives within commitments, progress remains uneven. Currently, only 86 commitments, or 2 percent, specifically include women or gender. Even fewer address issues of sexual identity or orientation. Where gender commitments exist, they often suffer from below-average completion rates and lack ambition.

In 2019, OGP launched the Break the Roles campaign to look beyond traditional roles and responsibilities and to be 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. But 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.   

Moving forward, OGP will work with members and the Break the Roles coalition to enhance women’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 pursue documentationand best practices through the Feminist Open Government Initiative. Throughout, we will seek opportunities to better connect local, national, and global gender initiatives to core government transparency and accountability action.


Break the Roles

Break the Roles is a campaign to strengthen the gender perspectives and increase the voices of women and underrepresented groups in OGP.


  • 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 will identify opportunities to accelerate gender and women’s participation in OGP processes and commitments and will be released in Fall 2019.



  • 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
  • Open Contracting Partnership
  • Open Data Charter
  • Open Heroines
  • Oxfam
  • Técnicas Rudas
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Kenya



  1. Gender Fact Sheet (May 2019)

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. 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

  3. Actions for a More Inclusive Open Government Partnership

    2019, Page, Web Page

  4. 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

  5. The Feminist Open Government Initiative

    2018, Page, Web Page

  6. Addressing gender equity challenges in open government co-creation processes

    12 Feminist Open Government Case Studies from Latin America, Africa and Asia   The Feminist Open Government Initiative aims to…

    2019, Documents, Web Page


  1. CEDAW Implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Open Official Statistics

    BA0004, 2019, Capacity Building

  3. Register of Beneficial Owners

    IT0059, 2019, Beneficial Ownership

  4. Digital Citizenship and Skills

    IT0066, 2019, Capacity Building

  5. Implementation of the National Water Plan

    UY0099, 2018, E-Government

  6. Observatory on Gender-Based Violence Against Women

    UY0102, 2018, E-Government

  7. Gender-Based Violence Open Data

    UY0103, 2018, E-Government

  8. Human Trafficking Prevention

    UY0104, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Gender Perspective to Access to Information

    UY0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. National Dance Plan

    UY0118, 2018, Gender

  11. Awareness-Raising About Access to Information Rights

    MK0121, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Gender and Youth Perspective in Rural Areas

    UY0122, 2018, Gender

  13. Observatory for Equality and Non-Discrimination

    UY0123, 2018, Gender

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

    UY0125, 2018, Capacity Building

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

    MK0128, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Employment Program Transparency and Impact Assessment Mechanism

    MK0129, 2018, Capacity Building

  17. Inclusive Local Decision-Making

    MK0134, 2018, Gender

  18. Financial Transparency and Accountability

    CA0065, 2018, E-Government

  19. Feminist and Inclusive Dialogue

    CA0071, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Open Government Community

    CA0073, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Expand Opportunities for Civic Participation

    ELG0006, 2018, Capacity Building

  22. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  23. Public Healthcare Service Delivery

    ELG0007, 2018, E-Government

  24. Youth Empowerment

    ELG0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  25. Strengthening Commission for Domestic Violence

    MT0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  26. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  27. Fostering National Dialogue to Achieve Political Reform

    JO0061, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Informal Economy Participants

    PNG0004, 2018, Capacity Building

  29. Gender Equality

    BUE0008, 2018, Capacity Building

  30. Citizen Feedback Portal

    KAD0005, 2018, E-Government

  31. Access to Information

    COT0001, 2018, Capacity Building

  32. Transparency in Public Procurement

    COT0003, 2018, Capacity Building

  33. Open Legislation

    COT0005, 2018, E-Government

  34. Open Contracting

    KE0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  35. Transparency and Participation in Health Data

    ID0093, 2018, E-Government

  36. Decide Freedom - Improving Civic Involvement

    LAL0005, 2018, Capacity Building

  37. Improving Accountability of Regional Government

    LAL0006, 2018, E-Government

  38. Reducing the Digital Divide Literacy

    LAL0008, 2018, Capacity Building

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

    LAL0009, 2018, Capacity Building

  40. Tracking Anemia and Child Malnutrition

    LAL0010, 2018, Capacity Building

  41. We Develop Spaces That Facilitate Citizen Participation

    PY0072, 2018, Audits and Controls

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

    GT0090, 2018, Gender

  43. Strengthening Transparency in the Electoral Process.

    GT0104, 2018, Audits and Controls

  44. Actions to Design and Develop a Computer Tool that Allows Public Institutions to Provide Beneficiary Information of Public Goods and Services Through the Opening of the Meta Physical "Persons" with Characteristics of Sex, Age and Ethnicity.

    GT0108, 2018, E-Government

  45. Courts to Address Violence Against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  46. Training for Women of Political Parties

    CR0055, 2017, Gender

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

    CR0056, 2017, Gender

  48. Protection Policy for Women Under Conflict and Emergency Situations

    AF0008, 2017, Gender

  49. Data Revolution

    BOJ0001, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

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

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

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

    JAL0002, 2017, E-Government

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

    AR0044, 2017, Gender

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

    AR0049, 2017, E-Government

  55. Participatory Development of a National Plan for Equal Opportunities

    AR0057, 2017, Gender

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

    BUE0004, 2017, E-Government

  57. Territorializing Guidelines Sexual Violence Prevention in Women and Girls

    CO0057, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    CO0081, 2017, E-Government

  59. Information on Gender-Based Violence

    ES0039, 2017, Gender

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

    CR0047, 2017, E-Government

  61. Gender

    SL0012, 2016, Capacity Building

  62. 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

  63. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

    LK0013, 2016, Gender

  64. CEDAW – Inclusion

    LK0014, 2016, Gender

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

    LK0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  66. Promote Participatory Budget in 05 Communes

    CI0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  67. Integral and Youth Council for Women

    SV0092, 2016, Capacity Building

  68. 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, Capacity Building

  69. Citizen Participation in Public Policy Design.

    PY0029, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    UY0066, 2016, Capacity Building

  71. Participation of Women in the Public Service

    MT0008, 2015, Capacity Building

  72. Strengthen Citizen Participation

    CO0042, 2015, Gender

  73. Free Women from Violence and Discrimination

    CO0055, 2015, Gender

  74. Participatory Construction of Public Policy LGBTI

    CO0056, 2015, Gender

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

    IE0010, 2014, Gender

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

    MK0085, 2014, Capacity Building

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

    BR0081, 2013, Gender

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

    ME0048, 2012, Capacity Building

  79. Gender and Child Aspects in Government Units Budget

    JO0028, 2012, Gender

  80. Implementation of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - EITI.

    GT0013, 2012, Gender

  81. Promotion of Consumers Information in Selected Areas.

    MK0033, 2012, Gender

  82. 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

  83. Gender Equality – Participation in the Private Sector

    NO0003, 2011, Gender

  84. Increase Women's Representation in Local Government

    NO0004, 2011, Gender

  85. Gender Equality Program

    NO0005, 2011, Gender

  86. Gender Equality – Inclusion of Immigrant Women

    NO0006, 2011, Gender

  87. Gender Equality – Combat Gender Stereotypes

    NO0007, 2011, Gender

  88. Gender Equality – Youth Initiatives

    NO0008, 2011, Gender

  89. Gender Equality – Combat Domestic Violence

    NO0009, 2011, Gender

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