SIGI 2019 Global Report

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

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Over the past decade, the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) has consistently shown that governments need to look at discriminatory laws, social norms and practices to achieve gender equality and promote women’s empowerment. This 2019 global report provides an overview of the main outcomes of the SIGI in relation to women and the family, their physical integrity, access to productive and financial resources and their civic rights. Building on these outcomes, this report provides a set of policy recommendations to enhance governments’ efforts to deliver their gender-equality commitments through a three-pronged approach: starting with legal reforms and transformative gender policies, enforcing laws through community mobilisation and empowerment, and learning about the efficiency of policy through monitoring.



Restricted physical integrity

This chapter presents an overview of women’s restricted physical integrity. It examines discriminatory social institutions – formal and informal laws, social norms and practices – that increase women’s vulnerabilities to a range of forms of violence and limit women’s control over their bodies, across 180 countries and covering areas such as violence against women, female genital mutilation, missing women and reproductive autonomy. The chapter also seeks to provide policy makers with the necessary tools and evidence to design effective gender-responsive policies in order to protect women’s physical integrity.


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