Join us at the CSW side event:

“Challenging discriminatory social norms for more gender-transformative policies: Insights from the Burkina Faso Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Country Study and Men Engage initiatives”

Tuesday 13 March 2018

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

UN Headquarters Conference Room 12

Please join us at a side event to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, jointly organised by the OECD Development Centre, the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Family of Burkina Faso, HOPEM and the Austrian Development Cooperation.

This side event will offer new evidence on the necessity to include social norms in policy approaches aimed at empowering women, eliminating gender inequalities at both local and national levels, and promoting men’s engagement.

With the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation and in partnership with the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Family of Burkina Faso (MFSNF) and the National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD), the OECD Development Centre completed the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) country study of Burkina Faso in January 2018. The study offers policy makers, civil society and the development community with comprehensive data, analysis and recommendations on effective gender-responsive policies and interventions to challenge discriminatory social norms in Burkina Faso, in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The panel and Q&A discussion will focus on how discriminatory social norms prevent men and women to fully develop their potential in order to achieve gender equality. The panellists and participants will share their experience in applying the social norms lens to gender-sensitive policies and measures, and engaging men in this process. Finally, discussions will respond to key questions related to the implementation of the SDGs, notably benchmarking and tracking progress on SDG 5 targets, enhancing national technical capacities and recognising the role of national gender machineries.


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