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Social Institutions and Gender Index Policy Simulator


The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a unique cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, which include formal and informal laws, social norms and practices that restrict women’s and girls’ rights, as well as their access to empowerment opportunities and resources. It looks at the gaps that discriminatory legislation, attitudes and practices create between women and men in terms of rights and opportunities.

The SIGI covers four dimensions spanning major socio-economic areas that affect the life course of women and girls: discrimination in the family, restricted physical integrity, restricted access to productive and financial resources, and restricted civil liberties.

The policy simulator provides all SIGI information by country and by dimension. It can be used to:

  • analyse the contribution of each policy measure to the index, and therefore detect countries’ strengths and weaknesses;
  • identify areas for action;
  • simulate the impact of a policy change on the index value;
  • compare countries in detail; and
  • understand how the SIGI is calculated.

Simulations can be saved and shared with other users and the relevant data can be downloaded. Estimates based on the dimensions provide a basis for governments and development practitioners to prioritise gender-sensitive actions.


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