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Changing social norms

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Getting more women into office does not by itself guarantee women’s substantive influence on political decision making or guarantee political decisions that further women’s rights, gender equality or other gender outcomes. Women are not a homogeneous group but come from very varied backgrounds. Increasing women’s representation and participation in governance is not simply about numbers and influence, but is also about the need for women’s strategic interests and gender equality concerns to be addressed in public policy decisions and resource allocations so that these better support women’s rights in general.

Challenging the social structures at the grassroots level which perpetuate inequalities can lead to an increase in sexual and reproductive health access. This leads to empowerment and not just inserting women into positions within the political framework.

Research shows that women’s combined strength, through collective action and women’s movements, can play a central role in building the momentum for progressive policy and legal reforms, changing adverse social norms and promoting accountability.

Gender inequality around the world > Political > Changing social norms

    The face of poverty is female

    What is SRHR?
    Equal opportunities for all

Gender inequality around the world 
    1. Health
    Maternal health
    2. Education
    Early and forced marriage
    Discrimination against girls
    Comprehensive sexuality education
    3. Sexual and Gender Based Violence
    1. Unpaid care burdens
    2. Formal and informal markets
    3. Empowerment
    1. Discrimination
    2. Changing social norms
    3. Peace building
IPPF’s recommendations: 6 steps for moving towards equality and sustainable development
    1. Laws that support sexual and reproductive health and rights
    2. Funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights
    3. Measure the outcomes that really matter
    4. Engage men and boys as partners in gender transformative change
    5. Laws to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence
    6. Strengthening political capacity of women at the grassroots level

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