Gender equality is an essential human right and crucial for economic growth. Work of the OECD Development Centre highlights the important linkages between women's empowerment and long-term sustainable development. The Development Centre also proposes a set of innovative measures to quantify inequalities between men and women.
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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