About the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
The SIGI Simulator allows policy makers to scope out reform options and assess their likely effects on gender equality in social institutions. It enables users to compare a specific country with a range of other selected countries.
The SIGI is a unique cross-country measure of discriminatory social institutions, which include formal and informal laws, social norms and practices that restrict women’s and girls’ rights, as well as their access to empowerment opportunities and resources. It looks at the gaps that discriminatory legislation, attitudes and practices create between women and men in terms of rights and opportunities. Lower values indicate lower levels of discrimination in social institutions: the SIGI ranges from 0% for no discrimination to 100% for very high discrimination.
The SIGI covers four dimensions spanning major socio-economic areas that affect the life course of women and girls: discrimination in the family, restricted physical integrity, restricted access to productive and financial resources, and restricted civil liberties.