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Realizing gender equality through data-driven solutions

By Mario Pezzini and Gabriela Ramos

In South Africa, the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act of 1998, combined with the 2006 Civil Union Act, have effectively eliminated forced and child marriage.

In Liberia, a law passed in 2015 entitles women to receive equal pay for equal work.

In 2000, Ethiopia repealed language that gave only men the right to administer family assets.

In 2015, Bulgaria eliminated male-only professions, and in 2002, Sweden sought to help balance childcare responsibilities between parents by increasing the “father’s quota” in the parental leave law from one month to two.

Data and planning made these initiatives possible, and the OECD’s new data sets are designed to help other countries follow suit. Armed with information, leaders can turn rhetoric about gender equality and empowerment into meaningful action.

Ultimately, such action will help to create environments of equality for both women and men, and to build sustainable, respectful and peaceful societies for all of us.

We now have the data to help women fulfill their potential — and to see what happens to all of us when we fail to do so.

Gabriela Ramos is the OECD chief of staff, Sherpa to the G7 and G20, and leader of OECD Gender Strategy. Mario Pezzini is director of the Development Center at the OECD and special adviser to the OECD secretary-general on development.

Copyright: Project Syndicate

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