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>> Tackle gender gap to boost growth (22 May 2012)
Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills.


What kinds of careers do boys and girls expect for themselves?(March 2012)
PISA in Focus #14' compares the career expectations of the 15-year-old girls and boys who participated in PISA.

Doing Better for FamiliesThis book looks at the different ways in which governments support families and answers to questions such as: What are the effects of parental leave programmes on female labour supply? Are childcare costs a barrier to parental employment and can flexible workplace options help? What is the best time for mothers to go back to work after childbirth?

Gender Equality in OECD countries in the Pacific Rim and other APEC countriesBackground report prepared by the OECD for the APEC Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco in September 2011.

Cooking, Caring and Volunteering: Unpaid Work Around the WorldThis paper sheds light on the importance of unpaid work across the OECD. In all countries, women do more unpaid work than men, although to some degree balanced by the fact that they do less market work.


link 2An interactive tool to explore and assess key gender outcomes in education, employment and entrepreneurship. The browser allows users to compare and contrast the outcomes among OECD countries and the enhanced engagement partners across 16 key indicators.

link3Key facts on gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship outcomes.

The Social Institutions and Gender IndexThe Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is an innovative measure of underlying discrimination against women for over 100 countries. While other indices measure gender inequalities in outcomes such as education and employment, the SIGI focuses instead on the underlying drivers of these inequalities and reflects changes in laws or practices.

Gender, Institutions and Development Database(Version 2012) The Gender, Institutions, and Development Data Base (GID) represents a new tool for researchers and policy makers to determine and analyse obstacles to women’s economic development.

link5In 2009-10, DAC members committed USD 25 billion yearly to gender equality. Our latest data shows each DAC member’s spending on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 Latest articles


Better skills and better policies lead to better lives for womenby Michelle Bachelet
The global economic crisis, with high levels of unemployment, especially among youth, and rising inequality, with large wage gaps between high- and low-skilled workers, has added urgency to the need for better skills.

link1Men earn more than women, work less, and occupy more of the top jobs – but women live longer, are better educated and get to retire younger. How best to harness the talents of both sexes for better lives all round?

New times, old perspectives?by Alexandra Bytchkova
The long road towards gender equality has arrived at greater educational attainment, higher female labour force participation, and advances in politics and business, but we haven’t reached the end yet.

Tackling gender issues in financial literacyFinancial literacy is recognised as an essential life-skill. On International Women’s Day, this blog discusses gender differences in financial literacy and their potential implications.

Women and entrepreneurshipby Cherie Blair

Acting on genderwith Geena Davis 

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OECD Forum 2012: Gender (22-23 May 2012)


Launch of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index(10 May 2012)
The OECD Development Centre and the United States Department of State are co-hosting the launch of the updated 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) in Washington on 10 May.


link3(8 March 2012)
On the occasion of the International Women's day on March 8, Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, will present the OECD Gender Data Browser in Chicago.

Promoting women’s enterprise development in the Middle East and North Africa The OECD-MENA Women’s Business Forum (WBF) is an inter-regional network of government, private sector and civil society representatives which promotes efforts aimed at accelerating women’s enterprise development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment(February 2012)
Highlights of the workshop on  organised by BIAC, AmCham France and the OECD.



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