During the United Nations General Assembly, at a high-level meeting convened by UN Women, the government of South Africa, and the government of Finland, several countries pledged to strengthen the Rule of Law for women by broadening access to justice for women.

The President of South Africa, H.E. Jacob Zuma, committed to including 50 percent women in public service in South Africa’s Gender Equality Law to be promulgated next year. Minister Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, pledged her government’s efforts to mainstream equal numbers of women into law enforcement in their National Action Plan.

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) was one of two non-governmental organizations to join country leaders to pledge to accelerate the goal of equal representation of women in public service by 2050.


Pictured in the photo are Irene Khan, Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and formerly head of Amnesty International, and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the GWLI. IDLO and GWLI were the only two non- governmental organizations to make a pledge at this high level meeting.