Gender and development


  • Side events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 11-17 March

    The Beijing Platform for Action set the international community an ambitious roadmap for gender equality in 1995. The 59th session of the UN Commission for the Status of Women will be looking back on achievements made over the past two decades in the twelve areas of critical concern.

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  • Global Launch of the 2014 SIGI

    The 2014 edition of the SIGI provides policymakers and the development community with a reinforced and expanded evidence base on the role of social institutions in development processes.

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  • Social Institutions and Gender Index

    SIGI is an innovative measure of underlying discrimination against women. While other indices measure gender inequalities in outcomes such as education and employment, SIGI helps policy-makers and researchers understand what drives these outcomes.

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The OECD Development Centre highlights the central role of discriminatory social norms in perpetuating gender inequalities in non-OECD countries. Work includes looking at the underlying causes of gender inequality through the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) and engaging in a dialogue through the platform Wikigender. The Development Centre produces research linking social norms with a range of development outcomes on a regular basis as well as new research, such as migration and time use.

Measuring social norms


Social norms and global development frameworks


Gender and emerging policy issues


Sharing knowledge and data

Browse the Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GID-DB) and explore the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) to find out more about the underlying drivers of gender inequality.   Producing research to better highlight the linkages between social norms and development outcomes and also advocating for gender equality in the context of the Post 2015 agenda.   Producing new research, including on Migration and time-use.   Wikigender is your web 2.0 platform to share knowledge and data and to participate in online discussions on gender equality and development.