Poverty reduction and social development

Launch of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index



Measuring the underlying drivers of gender inequalities


Thursday 10 May, 2012


Marshall Center Auditorium
US Department of State

Entrance on 21st Street, at Virginia Ave NW


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Read the brochure

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Event Description

While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality in outcomes such as education and employment, the OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) focuses instead on the underlying drivers of these inequalities. Applying the SIGI data to issues as diverse as employment, hunger and the achievement  of the MDGs has shown that countries displaying higher levels of discrimination against women are also performing more poorly on a range of development indicators. Strengthening our understanding of these discriminatory factors would therefore enable the development of more effective and targeted policies in support of gender equality at the local, national and global levels.


The launch event is co-hosted by the United States Department of State and the OECD Development Centre. A presentation of the 2012 SIGI data and rankings was followed by a discussion of the following important topics:

  • Measuring social institutions at the country level: the SIGI India pilot
  • How do donors address discriminatory social institutions?
  • What drives change? Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa



Opening remarks

Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Chief Economist, US Department of State



Carlos Alvarez, Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre




Presentation of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index

Johannes Jütting and Somali Cerise, OECD Development Centre


Q & A


Coffee break


A donor perspective on addressing discriminatory social institutions

Steve Radelet, Chief Economist, USAID


Measuring social institutions at country level: the SIGI India pilot

Inderjeet Singh, Deputy Director-General, Central Statistics Office, Government of India


What drives change? Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa

Asma Khader, Secretary-General, Jordanian National Commission for Women and Former Minister of Culture & Government Spokesperson for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Q & A


Concluding remarks and next steps

Carlos Alvarez, Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre



Since SIGI was launched in 2009, the index and the role of discriminatory social institutions in undermining gender equality have gained increasing attention in the eyes of policy-makers and researchers alike. The 2012 version of the SIGI reflects changes in laws or practices, an updated conceptual framework and improved data sources for over 100 countries.


Download the 2012 Sigi brochure here.


Go to www.genderindex.org and access all the information related to the updated index.


Related Documents


SIGI 2012 Press Release

SIGI 2012 Brochure

Gender events

Gender at the Development Centre

OECD work on gender - www.oecd.org/gender