The gender team's work at 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 team also produces research linking social norms with a range of development outcomes on a regular basis, and works in close co-operation with other OECD Directorates on gender equality and post-2015 issues.
Latest news in 2013:
New paper as part of the OECD and Post-2015 Reflection Series
Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015agenda: A foundation for sustainable development
The post-2015 framework presents a unique opportunity to build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while also addressing the dimensions that lag behind. It is time to act now – to increase both the political will and the resources to achieve full and lasting gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights. This paper reiterates the call for a post-2015 framework that retains a strong, standalone goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and integrates gender-specific targets and indicators in the other goals.
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- Wikigender organised an online discussion on the impact of social norms on female migration from 2-15 September, together with the International Organization for Migration, the Scalabrini Migration Center, Wikiprogress and Wikichild.
- Coming soon: a new Issues Paper looking at the linkages between female migration, social norms and migration. The main messages from the online discussion will also be included in the paper.
New Issues Paper published: How do maternity leave and discriminatory social norms relate to women’s employment in developing countries?
On 26 April, we co-hosted a workshop on "Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms" with the UK Department for International Development, Overseas Development Institute and Girl Hub in London. Read more on Wikigender!
On 4 March, we co-hosted a side event on the topic of social institutions and the prevention of violence against women and girls with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the South African Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (DWCPD), in New York. The panel debated how to measure discriminatory social institutions and successful approaches to transform social norms to prevent violence against women and girls. Read more!
From 4-13 February, we organised an online discussion on Transforming social norms to prevent violence against women and girls! - with Wikigender, Breakthrough, End Violence Against Women (EVAW UK), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Partners for Prevention (P4P) (P4P) and Womankind Worldwide. The findings were presented at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
The 3 pillars of our gender work
The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD Development Centre’s Gender, Institutions and Development Database. Launched in March 2009, it complements and improves existing measures in several ways. While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality outcomes, the SIGI focuses on the root casus behind these inequalities. Learn more. See the new www.genderindex.org website!
Launched on 8 March 2008, www.wikigender.org reaches out to the public to foster a bottom-up dialogue on the importance of women's rights. It currently contains over 1, 200 articles maintained by more than 1, 200 users. Wikigender's sister site, www.wikiprogress.org, was launched in November 2009 to open the dialogue on the best measures to evaluate societal progress. Join the gender and progress communities to share and exchange information and best practices on gender equality and progress! More on Wikigender and Wikiprogress.
The Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base
The Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base is available since 2009. It represents a tool for researchers and policy makers to determine and analyse obstacles to women’s economic development. Its true innovation is the inclusion of institutional variables that range from intrahousehold behaviour to social norms. Learn more.
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The work of the OECD Development Centre on gender is financed by member contributions and particularly benefits from support by Norway, Sweden and Finland.
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Sample illustrations of Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base (GDI)
DEV Centre WP 247: Measuring Gender (In)equality: Introducing the Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base (GID)
The Status of Women in Developing Asia: What is the Role of Social Institutions?
DEV Centre Policy Insights No.15: Culture, Gender and Growth
DEV Centre Policy Brief No 27: Changing Social Institutions to Improve the Status of Women in Developing Countries
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