Special Focus - Launch of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index “SIGI”
Launch of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
Did you know that the number of countries scored in the SIGI with specific legislation to combat domestic violence has more than doubled from 21 in 2009 to 53 in 2012?
The OECD Development Centre and the United States Department of State are co-hosting a launch event in Washington on 10 May to present 2012 SIGI data and rankings. This Special Focus of the Community Portal focuses on the updated 2012 SIGI.Find out more about the 2012 SIGI rankings, data sources and findings by region by going to our new website: www.genderindex.org
While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality in outcomes such as education and employment, the OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) focuses on the underlying drivers of these inequalities. Since it’s launch in in 2009, the index and the role of discriminatory social institutions in undermining gender equality have gained increasing attention in the eyes of policy-makers and researchers alike. The OECD Development Centre and the United States Department of State are co-hosting the launch of the updated 2012 SIGI in Washington on 10 May. The 2012 version of the SIGI reflects changes in laws or practices, an updated conceptual framework and improved data sources for over 100 countries.
The 2012 edition of SIGI reveals some promising progress in tackling discriminatory social institutions in some areas. The top three countries in the 2012 SIGI are Argentina, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Top performers for each region include Argentina, the Philippines, FYR of Macedonia, Nepal, Morocco and South Africa. Top-ranking countries have introduced legal equality for women in the family, equal land and property rights, measures to improve women’s access to credit, strong laws and programmes to combat violence against women and laws to promote women’s political participation at a national or sub-national level.
However, persistent social and legal discrimination continues to limit women and girls’ potential to contribute to social and economic life. In many countries, early marriage remains high, violence against women is tolerated despite strong laws and women's equal access to productive resources is still restricted. The 2012 SIGI found that 86 out of the 121 countries scored have discriminatory inheritance practices or laws.
- Launch event
- The 2012 SIGI (Wikigender article)
- SIGI website (The "Build your own SIGI" part of the website is coming soon)
SIGI 2012: mentions
See the full conversation that took place on Twitter using #SIGI2012! Many thanks to all our supporters for spreading the word in so many languages!
- India’s Data of Discrimination (Project Syndicate 01.04.2013)
- Gender Policy and The APC Constitution (Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund 15.03.2013)
- Gender Policy and APC Constitution (Premium Times 04.03.2013)
- Why discriminate against women? (Post-Courier, Papua New Guinea 04.10.2012)
- Interview of Somali Cerise about FYR of Macedonia and SIGI (Dnevnik.com 28.09.2012)
- Gender-Responsive Climate Change Adaptation in Egypt Part 2: The Required Actions (Cairo from Below Blog - 20.09.2012)
- In the face of 'culture' (Online Opinion 03.09.2012)
- Togo women threaten to go on sex strike in desperate ploy to get new president (Daily Mail 27.08.2012)
- Rwanda leads EAC in fighting gender discrimination (The East African 25.08.2012)
- Venezuelan Census Shows Increase in Population, Average Age (Americas Quaterly - Blog 09.08.2012)
- OECD presents gender inequality index at UN Women (Media Global News 07.08.2012)
- Nepal improves in Gender Index ranking (The Himalayan Times 02.08.2012)
- Why we must transform social norms to achieve real gender equality (IPS Blog 30.07.2012)
- Gender policy is failing women in Colombia (Colombia Reports 26.07.2012)
- Parliamentarians Track Progress on Reproductive Rights (IPS news 21.05.2012)
- OECDs Social Institutions and Gender Index (BizKnowledge Watch IESE Business School ibrary Blog 17.05.2012)
- U Srbiji naklonjeniji sinovima (Kurir, Serbian newspaper 17.05.2012)
- New Social Institutions and Gender Index Report from OECD (The Womenabler Blog 14.05.2012)
- Special Focus - wikigender.org (Honoring the Woman Daily 14.05.2012)
- Même s’il a été bien classé au SIGI : Le Maroc peut mieux faire (Libération 14.05.2012)
- "Argentina ranked first in the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index, a project by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which measures gender outcomes in developing countries or countries which have undergone rapid development in recent years. Mali ranked last." in Womens enews.org (section "Noted" 12.05.2012)
- OCDE urge a frenar los feminicidios (El Universal, Mexico 11.05.2012)
- Una de cada cinco mujeres sin acceso a planificación familiar en el mundo (Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela, 11.05.2012)
- SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS & GENDER INDEX (SIGI) 2012 and DATABASE launched, IWS Documented News International, 10 May 2012
- La discrimination envers les femmes persiste dans le monde entier et entrave le développement, Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine, 10 mai 2012
- Launch of the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index - Remarks by Heidi Crebo-Rediker (US Department of State 10.05.2012)
- Harmonise Zimbabwe’s marriage laws, ZimEye.org, 2 May 2012
- Press Release on the OECD website