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Historical lessons on gender norm change, with case studies from Uganda and Nepal

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Caroline Harper, Rachel George

Hero image description: World Bank Managing Director and COO Sri Mulyani Indrawati visits a site in Nyabihu District, Rwanda, 2015, that employs 60% women Image credit:Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank Image license:CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Prompted by the global conversations of ‘progress’ around the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, this ALIGN briefing paper reflects on the progress that has been achieved on shifting gender norms. To do so, it uses a long-view lens to draw on both global statistics and in-depth case studies in Uganda and Nepal undertaken with women, including professional women of all ages and some men, to reflect on progress for women over the past 50 years in these two countries.

World Bank Managing Director and COO Sri Mulyani Indrawati visits a site in Nyabihu District, Rwanda, 2015, that employs 60% women
Image credit:Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank ~ Image license:CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Caroline Harper, Carol Watson, Grace Kyomuhendo Bantebya, Anita Ghimire and Rachel George