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This OECD practice note focuses on the use of gender equality indicators as a way of measuring change. It asks: what are indicators, and why should we develop indicators to measure gender equality?
It also

  • addresses the often political issue of what we should be measuring,
  • provides some broad principles that can be applied, and
  • suggests some questions donors can ask when developing gender equality indicators.

The brief also offers examples of existing indicators – noting that they always need to be adapted to specific contexts. What are ‘gender equality indicators’? What are indicators? Indicators are criteria or measures against which changes can be assessed (Imp-Act 2005). They may be pointers, facts, numbers, opinions or perceptions – used to signify changes in specific conditions or progress towards particular objectives (CIDA, 1997).

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CPRC Brief: ‘Curbing dowry practices: an anti-poverty imperative’

Peter Davis
Kathryn Bach


It has been recognised that dowry in South Asia hinders women’s empowerment and can serve as a cause of violence against women. A recent study in Bangladesh highlights that dowries also have serious economic repercussions, with families identifying dowry payment as a leading cause of impoverishment.

This policy brief also looks at the need for public policy aimed at ameliorating the negative social effects of dowry to take the economic consequences of unaffordable dowry into account, and dowry-focused policies should feature as part of broader poverty reduction strategies. There is a need to go beyond official policy and find innovative ways of addressing the negative socio-economic effects of dowry, both at the local and national levels.

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