The IMPOWR website and database serve:
- CEDAW and Paris Declaration countries committed to achieving their obligations;
- Country and field-level implementers and practitioners of legal reform activities looking for examples, best practices and success stories that can enable them to be more collaborative, transparent and effective in their work;
- Academics, high-level policy makers and thought leaders who influence or create policy and methodologies;
- Funding institutions and government agencies that must make decisions about where best to put resources, especially in light of new methods, discovered gaps and emerging needs.
- Men and women who want to know the rights of women: on the books, under traditional and customary law, as enforced and strategies to achieve gender equality under the law.
The IMPOWR website and database will cover over 100 countries. The main feature will be a rich database on gender-related legal issues, laws and law reform efforts, created through wiki technology with information contributed from a broad array of local and international experts. Wiki entries will be organized by country under a standard set of topics in the areas of civic life, healthcare, marriage and family relations, economic and social life, crimes and violence, access to justice and treaty obligations. The searchable wiki database will describe the current state of law in each topic area, the role of law enforcement, law reform projects that have been undertaken and the role of civil society as well as community traditions in the effectiveness of reforms. Wiki entries will include robust links including to the texts of pertinent laws through access to the Library of Congress Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) and other sources as well as to additional information on law reform projects and other useful websites and primary and secondary source documents including articles, books and project reports. In addition to the wiki database, the IMPOWR website will also include a directory of experts and an open forum on issues of current interest. International Participation
We invite participation in the IMPOWR website and database by organizations involved in gender reform projects around the world. Organizations actively engaged with IMPOWR in developing features of the website and database can be identified as an IMPOWR resource partner.
International and local organizations may participate in the design and development of the IMPOWR website and database by:
- Participating on the wiki design committee and contributing information about projects, initiatives, best practices and focus areas;
- Encouraging local partners to submit project information; and
- Collaborating in the legal and judicial reform gender network.