Filling the global gender data gap

This study will assess values and norms related to gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights to guide Sweden’s international support.

Sweden has a long-standing commitment to promote and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as part of the development cooperation. However, to understand whether interventions aimed to improve SRHR will be accepted and used it is important to consider values and norms related to gender and SRHR.

The current study will:

  • Collect new nationally representative data on values and norms related to gender and SRHR in Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia through questions included in the standard World Value Survey;
  • Use geospatial analysis to identify “hotspots” where values and norms are more versus less stereotypical or harmful;
  • Assess if and how programs and activities conducted as part of Sweden’s SRHR support currently are considering the values and norms that must be addressed to improve SRHR outcomes.

Authors: Anna Mia Ekström, Bi Puranen, Anna Kågesten, Karin Båge, Jesper Sundewall, Olalekan Uthman

Reference group chair: Julia Schalk

Project manager at EBA: Lisa Hjelm

Expected publication: Q2 2021