Advancing Gender Equality

Case Studies from Across the Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth Secretariat has been a pioneer in promoting women’s rights and gender equality since the 1976–85 UN Decade for Women, and of gender mainstreaming since the UN 4th World Conference on Women, to which our 1995 Plan of Action on Gender and Development was a Commonwealth contribution.

This publication brings together case studies prepared in connection with the end-of-term review of the 2005–15 Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality. The case studies are based on submissions and interviews with government representatives, gender specialists and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations, from 20 countries representing all regions of the Commonwealth.

The examples were selected to demonstrate a range of strategies that can be employed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Together they help to show what perpetuates gender inequality and offer approaches that can be adopted to help end unjust discrimination.



Channelling Men's Positive Involvement into the National Response to HIV/AIDS, United Republic of Tanzania

The importance of developing integrated strategies to address HIV and genderbased violence (GBV) are well known. This case study focuses on a recent multistakeholder effort, supported by the Government of Tanzania, to put this knowledge into practice: Channelling Men’s Positive Involvement in the National Response to HIV/AIDS (CHAMPION). CHAMPION demonstrates an innovative approach to addressing GBV prevention strategies within broader HIV/AIDS programming, working with a diverse range of stakeholders from the international to local levels.


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