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Dec. 04, 2020

Tackling gender inequality through access to information


This paper from Article 19 discusses the need for States and other stakeholders to ensure women have full rights and facilities to access information as a mechanism to overcome gender inequality.
Access to information and gender equality are part of States’ commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are included under Goals 16 and 5, respectively. These goals are closely linked and instrumental for the full enjoyment and exercise of a range of human rights – such as freedom of expression - and for the achievement of the SDGs as a whole.

The ability of governments to promote access to information and the ability of women to access this information is critical for the development and fulfillment of open government principles of transparency, accountability, and participation.
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