A group of smiling children. Copyright: Annie Spratt
Copyright: Annie Spratt

Understanding norms and norm change

The resources on these pages cover issues related to understanding what norms are and how they change. They cover recent thinking that deepens our understanding of social and gender norms, and of what is unique and specific about gender-related norms. They include materials that probe the factors that lead norms to change, and what leads to resistance. 

Other resources focus on particular approaches to changing norms, such as community-based initiatives, the media, the private sector, political mobilisation and social protection programmes to contribute to gender norm change.