Gender and development


  • Conference: Ending Violence Against Women - session on intimate partner violence

    Men carry out the vast majority of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. Any discussion of addressing and ending IPV must therefore start with the fundamental question of what leads men to harm women – and how to stop it. This requires not only educating men and working with perpetrators of IPV, but also challenging social norms that drive men to use violence against women. This session will question norms and stereotypes around masculinity, and ask whether – and how – governments, the private sector, philanthropy and CSOs can get involved to change minds, behaviours and gender power relations.

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  • Launch of the SIGI 2019 Global Report

    The Social Institutions and Gender Index Global Report 2019 shows that challenging discriminatory social institutions that hinder gender equality requires reforming laws and policies in every society. 

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  • Discriminatory social institutions and achieving gender equality - G20 countries

    This new report highlights discriminatory social institutions as the missing link to achieve gender equality in G20 countries. It analyses progress and challenges in three areas of the Women 20 (W20) objectives – labour equity, financial equity and governance – by taking social institutions that discriminate against women and girls into account, and provides policy recommendations. It is being presented at the W20 Saudi Arabia 2020 Inception & Kick-off Meeting on 27 January 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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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. 

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Measuring social norms: A global index


Regional analysis: SIGI Regional Reports


Country-level analysis


Sharing knowledge and data

The SIGI is a cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, covering 180 countries. Browse the Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GID-DB) and explore the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) to find out more about how the underlying drivers of gender inequality shape women’s empowerment opportunities as well as national development outcomes.  

SIGI Regional Reports dive deeper into regional progress towards gender equality and analyses the impacts of remaining challenges for regional development goals. Read the Eurasia and the sub-Saharan Africa Reports.


With the SIGI Policy Simulator policy makers can test reform options and assess their likely effects on gender equality in social institutions. Find out more on the SIGI Country Studies.


Wikigender is an online platform for gender and development advocates and experts to share and exchange knowledge and data. The re-launched website is now available in English, French and Spanish.