Make Your Commitment “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030”

Substantive legal reform is an urgent matter of justice, dignity, equality and human rights for women and girls around the world. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development established 17 Goals and 169 targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment and its target 5.1, “End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere,” covers all areas of discrimination in law, policies, and practice.

The Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030 seeks to leverage global partnerships between international and regional organizations, governments, parliaments and civil society to repeal or amend existing discriminatory laws, and enact legislative reforms grounded in gender equality and international human rights and legal frameworks.

This event, co-hosted by UN Women, IPU and Equality Now will launch The Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030 to

(1) Show the extent to which legislative inequality affects all women, at all levels, everywhere;

(2) Prompt action to repeal discrimination and promote gender-sensitive laws and policies;

(3) Highlight the advantages of networking and multi-sectoral partnerships for effective and impactful legal reform; and,

(4) Gather stakeholders in an effort to promote world-wide partnerships in support of gender equality by 2030.


UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, the organization was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. Among other issues, UN Women works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the world organization of parliaments and global parliamentary dialogue.  The IPU works closely with the UN towards mutual goals, seeking to strengthen peace through cooperation between societies. As a key player in activating national parliaments on the issue of gender equality, the IPU has been a leader in research and policy on women’s participation in parliaments and in building gender-sensitive institutions. The IPU provides key data on women in parliament and produces essential resources and toolkits on substantively mainstreaming gender equality in the work of parliaments. 

         Equality Now is an international human rights organization which aims to advance civil, political, economic and social rights of women and girls. Focusing on legal advocacy, the organization leverages its extensive global network of lawyers, activists, and supporters to increase accountability to international legal frameworks and influence policy makers. For over 25 years, the organization has fought to advance the legal rights of women and girls, fighting for equal treatment under the law. Equality Now was one of the earliest organizations to push for an end to FGM/C, take on sex trafficking, and advance justice for victims of gender-based war crimes.  

Show your commitment:

1. Which gender discriminatory laws are important to repeal in your country?
2. What actions will you take to repeal these laws?

3. Which partnerships are you seeking for collaboration?

  • Wilhelmina Tameca Gaoses
    Partners of Collaboration in Namibia

    Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare
    Legal Assistance Center Namibia
    UNDP: Women Empowerment Project
    Sister Namibia
    Women Solidarity Trust Namibia
    Pots of Hope Kamajab Namibia
    Ombudsman Office
    Law Reform and Development Commission of Namibia
  • Wilhelmina Tameca Gaoses
    Thank you for all your efforts to amplify the voices and empowerment intitaves for women across the globe.

    In Namibia we have the National Plan of Action on Gender-Based Violence 2012-2016. I think its due for review maybe this year. This could be an excellent platform to see lesson learned, interventions applied and ways to sustain the programming and project activties.

    Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for all of the great discussion so far.

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  • Uzoma Katchy
    Willing to work with gender based advocacy groups in order to achieve these in my country, Nigeria. 
  • Uzoma Katchy
    Laws against women inheritance.Domestic violence, female genital mutilation, women being subjected to some burial rites when the husband passes,  child Labour, Unpaid Care work  are areas l will like the law to address.
  • Dhara Patel
    Law is there but How many of them works for victim..!! especially when accused is from the affluent family.  there's a strict Law against eve teasing or molestation but ever try to approach police with the complaint , girl will  repent on her decision.  

    There's a Law against sexual harrasment at work place but whne you try to raise your voice, you loose job as well as dignity passing through the procedure.

    moreover, there's asocieties mindset which keep the girl away from lodging any complaint. Even Parents do not support.

    I can prove it with example. in short , existing Law are also just in paper. Ask the victim , how long they have to go..!! and When they get justice (I mean after how many years..! It's also depends on luck). 
  • rhoida mwashambwa
    It is such a great compaign.
    the following law are important to repeal in my country. (Tanzania)
      1/  Repeal all diccriminatory legislation in comformity with CEDAW and Maputo protocal including discliminatory provisions within the marriage act, the penal code, the law of personal Act and the citizenship Act.
       2/ Strengthen laws  and policies to protect women from violence.
       3/ strengthen measures aimed at eliminating FGM.
       4/ Reform discriminatory cultural practices and stereotypes through awreness raising programs.
    Taking this into practise i will work hand in hand with with respective NGOs and CBOs especially in raising awareness to women all over the country on how we can tirelessly fight to achieve our rights as far as Roadmap for sustantive is concern. I call upon partinership with TAMWA LHRC and Women lawyers in Tanzania.
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