Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality. – OGP Ambassador and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.
The Feminist Open Government Initiative uses research and action to encourage governments and civil society to champion initiatives leading to gender advancements in open government.
Why Feminist Open Government
Women use public services, run businesses, pay taxes, drink public water – shouldn’t they have an equal say in how governments provide those services? When women are absent from open government, so is the information, knowledge, and skills that limit the potential of ambitious reforms that will impact daily lives.
Yet, women’s participation and gender perspectives in OGP is uneven around the world. Only 54 OGP commitments include a gender focus – representing less than 2% of the 3,000 commitments made by national and local governments.
Despite the transformative potential of gender-informed policy, global gender equality is declining for the first time. Currently, it will take 100 years to close the global gender gap, according to the World Economic Forum. Women’s voices are struggling to be heard in policymaking worldwide, with women’s participation in parliaments remaining relatively stagnant at around 24% and in worldwide mayoral seats at just 5%.
Open government is an underexplored tool to accelerate gender equality and close critical gaps in information, access, and participation.
To become a member in OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward.
At the international Anti-Corruption Summit organized by the government of the United Kingdom, the President reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen anti-corruption reforms through implementing programs aimed at: exposing corruption; punishing the corrupt and providing support to the victims of corruption; and, driving out the culture of corruption. Flowing from these commitments, the Federal Government sought to deepen institutional and policy reforms. This led to Nigeria joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in July 2016 as the 70th country.