Local norms, national institutions leading factors in continuing inequalities faced by women
According to the publication Advancing a Gender-Based Development Agenda, formal institutions and local norms are reflecting and reinforcing attitudes that are harmful to women.
- One-quarter of women worldwide believe that gender-based violence can be justified by behaviours as simple as arguing with a husband or burning dinner.
- Nearly 100 countries allow girls to marry before the age of 18, a custom which is associated with an increased risk of violence and one-third reduction risk of completing secondary school.
- Many men and women across the world think it is more important that men get jobs, with 15 countries allowing husbands to prevent their wives from accepting job opportunities