[16days_discussion] [WorkingWithBoysandMen] The OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index [1 Attachment]

Laxman Belbase l.belbase at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 23:44:36 EDT 2009

The OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index
The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a new composite measure
of gender equality, based on the OECD’s Gender, Institutions and Development
Database. It complements and improves existing measures in several ways.
While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality
outcomes, the SIGI focuses on the root casus behind these inequalities.

The SIGI introduces 12 innovative indicators on social institutions, which
are grouped into 5 categories: Family Code, Physical Integrity, Son
Preference, Civil Liberties and Ownership Rights. Each of the SIGI
indicators is coded between 0, meaning no or very low inequality, and 1,
indicating very high inequality. To watch the Slidecast for an overview of
the SIGI, please click
*Results 2009*

The SIGI shows that many of the world’s worst performers are situated in the
belt that stretches from Mali to Pakistan. In most parts of sub-Saharan
Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa region, women face
high discrimination in social institutions. In last place of the SIGI
ranking we find Sudan, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Relatively low
inequality can be observed in Latin America and Europe and Central Asia –
the top countries here are Paraguay, Croatia and Kazakhstan. Both high and
low performers can be found in the East Asia and Pacific region.

*SIGI Top 5*

1 - Paraguay
2 - Croatia
3 - Kazakhstan
4 - Argentina
5 - Costa Rica

*SIGI Bottom 5*
98 - Yemen
99- Mali
100 - Sierra Leone
101 - Afghanistan
102 - Sudan

For an overview of SIGI results and findings, please find the attached file.
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