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Dec. 04, 2020

Women and the Right of Access to Information in Liberia


This study of Liberia demonstrates inequity in the exercise of the right to information and that structural and cultural obstacles limit women's ability to seek and receive information.
Access to information is a fundamental human right and is critical for exercising other essential rights, such as clean water, a safe environment, and education. For governments, access to information builds trust, assists public administration in becoming more effective, and allows scarce resources to be better utilized. For citizens, access to information facilitates greater participation in public life, a meaningful voice, and a powerful tool to hold government accountable. Yet, women may largely be excluded from exercising this right. The Carter Center, noting the scarcity around the world of women’s organizations promoting the right of access to information, and women using this right, developed the first study of its kind to quantify whether women can exercise the right to information at the same rate as men and to identify the main obstacles that women may face. The study establishes the information most important for increasing a woman’s economic empowerment, thus serving her, her family, and her community.
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