Poverty reduction and social development

Side event organised at the 56th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empowering women through the transformation of discriminatory social institutions

 

Thursday 1 March, 2012

13.15-14.30

United Nations Headquarters, New York

 

 

The OECD Development Centre is co-organising, with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Government of Kenya, a panel discussion on "Empowering women through the transformation of discriminatory social institutions" at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

 

This panel event will explore how discriminatory social institutions influence outcomes for women and girls, with a particular focus on rural women. The OECD Development Centre will present the innovative Social Institutions and Gender Index, a cross-country assessment of discriminatory laws, social norms and practices that restrict women and girls’ social and economic opportunities. The presentation will include new findings on the links between women’s land rights and food security and the outcomes of an online discussion on rural women’s empowerment from the innovative Wikigender platform. The panel discussion will then showcase effective policy interventions for transforming discriminatory social institutions with a particular focus on rural women.

 

The following key questions will be addressed:

  • How do discriminatory social institutions such as early marriage, gender-based violence and the lack of land rights influence women and girls’ economic and social outcomes?
  • What are examples of successful approaches in transforming discriminatory social institutions?
  • What actions should governments, donors, UN bodies and civil society take to transform discriminatory social institutions and empower women and girls?

 

Registration for this event is now closed. 

 

(Attendance to this side event is by invitation only, or for registered participants of CSW 2012. The capacity is limited to 70 places). For more information, please contact dev.gender@oecd.org.

 

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