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Meaningfully Committing to Gender Equality

Compromisos significativos hacia la equidad de género

Allison Merchant|

The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) inspired a collective 40 billion dollars dedicated to accelerating gender equality worldwide, programmatic commitments from civil society organizations and private sector actors, and meaningful government action on domestic and international policy pledges. 

OGP celebrates these and many other pledges made by OGP governments towards ambitious, meaningful action on gender equality. If implemented well, these commitments could truly move the needle towards government policies that better deliver for all people. They raise the potential for more inclusive and participatory governance, engaging citizens in creating the solutions that are desperately needed to close gender gaps in public services like health and education, information and technology, and access to justice and economic opportunity. 

However, to succeed, they need to be rooted in both collaboration and accountability. There is fantastic potential for collaboration across themes and regions — from Kenya, who committed to a multifaceted approach to increase data collection, enforcement, accountability on gender-based violence, to Finland, who committed to addressing safe online spaces and anti-harassment. 

That is why the Open Government Partnership (OGP) made its own Generation Equality Forum commitment to use its unique platform to advance gender equality in open government. We’ll look for opportunities to help translate GEF commitments into domestic action in partnership with OGP governments and civil society champions, aiming to ensure better collaboration, implementation, and accountability. Whether government, civil society, or private sector, we look forward to working together to translate these commitments into meaningful, open, and accountable action. 

While not exhaustive, some of the government commitments OGP will be watching include:

  1. ArgentinaArgentina committed to promoting sexual and reproductive health rights throughout Argentina and across Latin America, in addition to co-chairing the Global Care Alliance.
  2. Canada – The Canadian government pledged $100 million to address unpaid domestic care and the needs of women and girls globally who are disproportionately impacted, along with commitments to advancing feminist leadership and response to COVID-19, prevent and eliminate gender-based violence, and adance sexual and reproductive rights.
  3. Finland: Finland committed to bridging the gender gap in technology education and working life, and creating safe online environments by addressing gender-based violence online. Additionally, Finland will promote and fund new innovations and technological solutions to support healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health.
  4. Kenya – Kenya announced a 12 commitment national roadmap on advancing gender equality and ending all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) by 2026. This includes increased accountability and enforcement of gender-based violence laws, a new accountability framework for tracking expenditures on GBV laws and programming, and improved gender data and statistics for design, scale-up, and evaluation programming.
  5. Mexico – The Mexican government-initiated “Alliance for Care Work” announced a 39 member partnership to drive efforts to confront the care burden that impedes women’s economic opportunity. This complements an existing commitment in Mexico’s domestic OGP action plan.
  6. South Africa: South Africa expressed strong support for the jointly developed global acceleration plan which has a catalogue of commitments to support women in the care economy; ensure decent work for women; create access to and control of productive resources including financial inclusion; and promote gender-responsive inclusive economies.
  7. United Kingdom – The UK’s FCDO committed to delivering a £67.5 million gender-based violence programme, What Works, to support work that is proven to help prevent violence against women and girls.
  8. United States – The United States announced a slate of both domestic and international commitments related to gender-based violence, advancing women’s economic security and justice, and protecting and expanding women’s sexual and reproductive health.

We congratulate OGP governments who have pledged to make ambitious investments and take policy action to advance gender equality.  We also applaud civil society partners like the Web Foundation, Pathfinders, A+ Alliance focused on feminist AI, and foundations like the Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and the Ford Foundation for their commitments. OGP looks forward to working across sectors and themes to bring an open, participatory, and transparent approach to this vital work.

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