The Equal Futures Partnership initiative was launched by the United States along with 12 other founding members during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. Latvia joined the initiative in 2013. The partnership aims to ensure that women fully participate in public life, and that they benefit from inclusive economic growth.
Equal Futures partners include Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Support for the initiative is provided by the World Bank, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) as well as leading businesses and non-profit organisations.
In the framework of the Equal Futures Partnership, countries announce their national commitments to empower women economically and politically through involvement of competent institutions and civil society organisations at the national level.
Latvia’s priorities under this initiative are: economic empowerment of women; improving women’s access to health care; and restricting violence against women, in particular, trafficking in human beings and sham marriages.