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

Learn about the programs and initiatives that are working to change these laws and attitudes on the Center for Global Development website.