wikigender forum – girls on the move

there’s a new wikigender debate starting today, the 2nd of September on gender and migration. this is a topic of increasing interest globally, and its also the topic of the recent Population Council report called ‘girls on the move‘ (this is the 6th instalment in the girls count series).  the report looks at the process of migration, what skills girls need before they migrate and what services their require once they arrive at their destination. migration is looked at from a national (rural-urban) perspective which is the most relevant for adolescent girls. the report provides a great overview of the issue, especially around the push and pull factors that cause this migration and why this is an important issue in the 21st century. the 2010 Because I am a Girl Report also provides an overview of this migratory pattern in the context of increased urbanization.

girls on the move

the wikigender debate is looking at this issue more broadly – its about gender not just girls – and it looks at social norms that carry across boarders through migration. the context of social norms comes from the OECD’s fantastic SIGI (social institutions and gender index) which is the first attempt (that i have come across) to look at institutional discrimination (including in formal institutions and legislature and informal institutions like the family) from a statistical standpoint and make the link between entrenched forms of discrimination and the achievement of progress on gender equality at a national scale. these include: Family Code, Physical Integrity, Son Preference, Civil Liberties and Ownership Rights. Each of the SIGI indicators is coded between 0, meaning no or very low inequality, and 1, indicating very high inequality. The index comes out every year with rankings for a large set of developing countries, and is an important resource on gender inequality globally.


I highly recommend following and participating in this debate to anyone interested in the issue! the debate page also has great links to other reports from the IOM that are worth checking out.

here is the link:



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