24 January 2018 GMT

OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) focal points meeting

Paris, France

Members of the ALIGN team participated in the first annual SIGI Focal Points Meeting at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France in January 2018. The meeting brought together an informal network of government officials, multilateral organisations, research institutes and civil society organisations to provide recommendations on the ongoing development and application of the SIGI Index, supporting data validation processes and sharing policy experiences. 

The SIGI Index measures discriminatory social institutions, defined as the formal and informal laws, attitudes and practices that restrict women’s and girls’ access to rights, justice and empowerment opportunities. The recent meeting in Paris raised issues of understanding and measuring gender norms and norm change as high on the agenda for the OECD's upcoming data collection and analysis.