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The right of access to information: exploring gender inequities

Date added:January 31, 2016


The right of access to information is a fundamental and universal right, necessary for economic empowerment and the fulfilment of other rights. However, as the recent Carter Center study on Liberia and Guatemala that is discussed in this article demonstrates, there are significant legal, cultural and structural barriers that continue to exist to inhibit women’s exercise of the right to information. Women are not able to exercise this right with the same frequency, ease and rate of success as men.

This 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.

IDS Bulletin 47.1 Opening Governance