16:40 - 18:30
Canada Hall, Shaw Centre
Opening up government is an underexplored method for accelerating gender equality and closing critical gaps in information, access, and participation. Open Government Partnership (OGP) has made great strides in the past years, but women’s participation and gender perspectives in OGP remains uneven around the world. As of the end of 2018, only 54 OGP commitments include women or gender – representing less than 2% of the 4,000 commitments made by national and local governments.
This year, OGP is calling on the partnership to be intentional, strategic, and ambitious in how it brings women and girls into the co-creation process and implementation of commitments. With the launch of a first of its kind campaign, Break the Roles, we are sharing stories of how open government can help further gender equality and why it matters who engages in the process. This plenary will ask speakers to offer concrete examples of how OGP can be used as a platform to deliver on gender equality pledges and opportunities to mainstream across commitments. With a primary focus on gender, this plenary will highlight practical ideas for how we can all be ‘role breakers’ and what works to bring diverse voices into open government.
Open to media: Yes
Organizers: Government of Canada, Open Government Partnership (OGP)
Languages available: English, French, Spanish
Event type: Plenary
Mary Robinson: Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of the Republic of Ireland, Ireland, Hera Hussain, Open Contracting & Open Heroines, Aida Kasymalieva, Deputy Speaker of the Kyrgyz Republic, Senator Blanca Ovelar, Senator of Paraguay and President, ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network, Paraguay, Muchiri Nyaggah, Local Development Research Institute, Kenya, Delia Ferreira, Transparency International, Argentina, Mark Barrenechea, CEO, OpenText