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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.

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Preface

This compilation of case studies shows optimism and challenges in advancing gender equality across Commonwealth countries during the last ten years. The case studies attest to the commitment, energy and creativity of the wide array of forces involved: governments; non-governmental organisations, women’s networks and men’s groups; community and business leaders; and donors among others. They bring into sharp focus instances of genuine progress – sometimes significant, sometimes incremental – balanced against existing (if ever shakier) sociocultural and institutional barriers.

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