How Changing Social Norms is Crucial in Achieving Gender Equality

Authored by: United Nations Population Fund

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2020
Citation: "How Changing Social Norms is Crucial in Achieving Gender Equality." United Nations Population Fund. June 2020.

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Executive Summary

UNFPA has released this compendium on social norms change to achieve gender equality, which provides a framework for programmatic approaches to norms change at scale.

This document presents some of the most promising strategies for changing social norms and achieving gender equality. A greater understanding of the conceptual background of social norms and norms change provides a schematic – a skeleton outline – for social transformation. The compendium presents the tested processes of social norms change and a programme design framework, as applied to programming to end female genital mutilation. These processes are iterative, simultaneous and self-reinforcing and can be applied to other thematic areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights.