The economic cost of gender - based discrimination in social institutions

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Note from the OECD Development Centre, June 2016

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  • Discriminatory social institutions  not only  hold back achieving gender equality but also  matter for  economic growth .
  • Gender - based discrimination in social institutions cost s up to US D 12 trillion  for  the  global economy .
  • Gradually reducing  discrimination in social institutions could lead to an annual  average  increase in the world GDP growth rate of 0.03 to 0.6 percentage points by 2030 .
  • Tackling  discriminatory social institutions should be integrated into national growth and development  strategies and mainstreamed in global deve lopment approaches .
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