Global Launch of the 2014 SIGI


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Global Launch of the 2014 Edition of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)

 27 November 2014


Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo


The 2014 edition of the SIGI provides policymakers and the development community with a reinforced and expanded evidence base on the role of social institutions in development processes. In particular, it exposes the universal prevalence of discrimination in social institutions and highlights the importance of mainstreaming social norms in the campaign for gender equality. In addition, it captures and measures gender-based discrimination in laws, attitudes and practices across 160 countries, including for the first time OECD countries. 

The Global launch of the 2014 edition of the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) in Oslo will aim to provide a global platform to raise international awareness of including discriminatory social norms in a post-2015 framework. To this end, the event will bring the experiences and voices of key development actors in Norway and worldwide together to call for a strong stand-alone goal on gender equality based on the SIGI evidence as well as field evidence on social norms and gender. 

For up to the minute information and updates in the run up to this event follow #SIGI and #socialnorms on Twitter. A Q&A Twitter session will also be organised from 14h-15h (Paris time) on the day of the launch. The release of the full SIGI results will be on and comprises country profiles, a classification of countries and a database.

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Plenary (9h30-11h00):

  • Welcome by Fredrik Arthur, Ambassador for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Norway
  • Opening remarks by Flora Kuparinen, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland and Senior Representative from the Austrian Development Cooperation
  • Opening remarks by Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director a.i, OECD Development Centre
  • Opening remarks by Hans Brattskar, State Secretary, Norway
  • Presentation of 2014 SIGI results by Alexandre Kolev, Head of Social Cohesion Unit, and Keiko Nowacka, Gender Coordinator, OECD Development Centre 
  • Exchange and questions

11h00-11h15      Break

11h15-13h00      Roundtable discussion: SIGI results and lessons for the post 2015 framework.  

The roundtable discussion will provide an overview of the SIGI results for each sub-index with expertise from EBRD, bilateral agencies (MFA Finland, ADA), civil society organisations, and development research. The aim of the roundtable is to highlight how social norms influence development outcomes and should be included in future development strategies, including the post 2015 framework. The focus will be on data and indicators, emerging challenges and knowledge sharing on best practices.

Keynote speakers:

Michaela Bergmann (EBRD)

Gaelle Ferrant (OECD Development Centre)

Jacques Charmes (Institut de recherche pour le développement)

Christina Stummer (Austrian Development Agency)

Päivi Kannisto (MFA Finland)


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