While some indicators of gender equality are progressing, such as a significant decline in the prevalence of female genital mutilation and early marriage, the overall numbers continue to be high. Moreover, insufficient progress on structural issues at the root of gender inequality, such as legal discrimination, unfair social norms and attitudes, decision-making on sexual and reproductive issues and low levels of political participation, are undermining the ability to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5.

Recent research at the School of Global Policy and Strategy


Lauren Prather

Does officeholder gender affect citizens’ political engagement? This paper answers that question using evidence from a nationally-representative experiment in Tunisia. It finds that people were significantly more likely to want to contact their representatives when primed to think of women officeholders as compared to a mixed-gender group of officeholders.