Feminist open government: New paper showcases experiences from 12 countries

May 28, 2019

A new paper examines 12 case studies on open government to answer a key question: open government for whom?

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New synthesis paper Feminist Open Government: Addressing gender equity in open government co-creation processes.

Feminist open government practices can improve how governments deliver key services and develop policies, ultimately improving gender equality and other sustainable development outcomes. Feminist Open Government: Addressing gender equity in open government co-creation processes draws on research from IDRC’s Feminist Open Government Initiative to examine current practices in open government across 12 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The synthesis paper makes recommendations for how the future of open government can be more gender-sensitive and responsive to the diverse and gendered needs of all citizens.

The range of case studies highlights the challenges and barriers many women and women’s organizations continue to face when participating in government processes, noting that issues important to these groups  — such as violence against women, for example — are largely absent from national action plans on open government.

To achieve equitable and equal access to transparency, participation, and accountability from government, the paper concludes with recommendations and a call for the Open Government Partnership to update its processes, guidelines, and assessments to reflect commitments for gender inclusion.

Read the paper (fogo.od4d.net).