New online discussion on Wikigender: “Addressing discriminatory social norms: the case of Uganda”

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Wikigender is running a new online discussion on:

“Addressing discriminatory social norms: the case of Uganda”

Open from 18-21 May 2015

 

Starting on Monday 18 May, Wikigender is running a new online discussion on “Addressing discriminatory social norms: the case of Uganda” with several lead discussants:

  • Caroline Harper, Overseas Development Institute (ODI);
  • Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda;
  • Tina Musuya, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), Uganda; and
  • The OECD Development Centre’s gender team

The online discussion will run for 4 days and is based on the results of the first country pilot of a Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) in Uganda. It seeks to foster exchanges on how discriminatory social norms impact on women’s empowerment and rights in Uganda.

Background

The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is the OECD Development Centre’s global cross-country measure of discrimination against women in social institutions (formal and informal laws, social norms and practices) across 160 countries (the 2014 edition of the SIGI is available at www.genderindex.org). With the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation, the OECD Development Centre partnered with the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) to work on the first country pilot of a SIGI in Uganda, by adapting the Global SIGI framework and methodology to the national Ugandan context.

The objective of the Uganda SIGI country study is to inform the design of evidence-based policies to tackle the root causes of gender inequality in Uganda at the sub-national level. The findings highlight how discriminatory social norms such as early marriage, domestic violence or restricted access to land have implications for development outcomes. The presentation of the results of the first country pilot of the SIGI Uganda will take place at a launch event on 27-28 May in Kampala, Uganda and this Wikigender online discussion is an opportunity to open the discussion on this topic.

Participate!

Click here to see the questions that will be discussed and to join the conversation!

Please note that you can post a comment at any time, but the discussion is moderated from 9-6pm (CEST) over the 4 days, starting on Monday 18 May.

The outcomes of the discussion and main findings will be synthesised in a short report and shared at the upcoming launch event in Uganda. We count on your participation and hope you can disseminate this invitation widely to your contacts! (Twitter hashtags: #SIGI and #socialnorms)

Many thanks and see you soon on www.wikigender.org!

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