female employee at a land husbandry site in Nyabihu District, Rwanda, addresses her fellow workers. The site employs about 150 labourers of which 60% are women. © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank
A female employee at a land husbandry site in Nyabihu District, Rwanda, addresses her fellow workers. The site employs about 150 labourers of which 60% are women. © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank
Briefing paper

Historical lessons on gender norm change, with case studies from Uganda and Nepal

Author: Caroline Harper, Carol Watson, Grace Kyomuhendo Bantebya, Anita Ghimire, Rachel George
Published by: ALIGN
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Prompted by the global conversations of ‘progress’ around the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, this ALIGN briefing paper reflects on the progress that has been achieved on shifting gender norms. To do so, it uses a long-view lens to draw on both global statistics and in-depth case studies in Uganda and Nepal undertaken with women, including professional women of all ages and some men, to reflect on progress for women over the past 50 years in these two countries.

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History and change

This paper is part of a series of publications relating to ALIGN’s History and change project.

Find out more about the series