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Dec. 04, 2020

The Right to Access Information: Exploring Gender Inequities


An article by Rule of Law program Director Laura Neuman appeared in The Institute for Development Studies Bulletin Vol. 47 No. 1 January 2016: 'Opening Governance'. Neuman addresses The Carter Center's findings that in many countries, full enjoyment of the right of access to information is limited in half the population.
The right to access information is a fundamental and universal right, necessary for economic empowerment and the fulfillment of other rights. However, the recent study discussed in this article demonstrates that women cannot exercise this right with the same frequency, ease, and rate of success as men.

The article examines the issue of gender inequity in the exercise of the right of access to information by exploring the legislative framework underpinning the right for women, detailing the value of information for women, describing the principal obstacles that propagate information asymmetries, and exploring potential responses to advance a more universal right to information.

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