Launch of the 2019 Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
Austrian EU Delegation, Brussels
7 December 2018
The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) looks at the gaps that legislation, social norms and practices create between women and men in terms of rights and opportunities. The SIGI was first launched in 2009, and then updated in 2012 and 2014. Its new edition will be released in December 2018.
The 2019 SIGI shows that clear progress has been made with political commitments to eliminate gender inequality. New legislation enhances equality and abolishes discriminatory laws, including through gender-transformative programmes and action plans. However, political commitments, legal reforms and gender-sensitive programmes in many countries are still not being translated into real changes for women and girls. Gender-based discrimination remains a lifelong and heterogeneous challenge for women and girls. Locally designed solutions combined with adequate legislation are needed for more social change to take hold.
The event will highlight 2019 SIGI key messages and inform policy debates on social norms and discrimination against women and girls across the globe. Speakers will share insights on how gender-transformative policies and innovative programmes can challenge gender norms and promote women’s rights, gender equality and sustainable development.
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