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Gender equality in West Africa? The key role of social norms

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Gender equality remains unfinished business worldwide, including in West Africa, and particularly in the Sahel. “Passing laws and devising national strategies are not enough”, highlights an article published by the OECD Development Centre and the SWAC Secretariat on the Development Matters blog. Drawing on key findings from the new SIGI-West Africa study, the article highlights the key role of social norms. Discriminatory social norms weaken the implementation and efficacy of gender-sensitive policies, exposing women and girls to on-going discrimination. Policymakers must embrace the challenge of transforming social norms to allow both West African women and men to benefit equally from development opportunities and economic growth.