Gender inequalities in Madagascar

Policy brief

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Aspects of inequality between genders are felt throughout different parts of a child’s life and can be impactful throughout life cycles. Gender inequalities continue to have an impact on multiple dimensions of well-being, including the realization of human rights. Though Madagascar has created several strategic plans of intervention, the national report on the prioritization of SDGs highlighted a need to review gender-related policies and strategies to achieve full participation and empowerment of women in society. This information note summarises the results of a study on gender inequalities in Madagascar that was conducted in conjunction with UNICEF, INSTAT and Oxford Policy Management. The aim of this study is to examine gender-related inequalities in terms of children’s rights. throughout various regions of Madagascar and different time frames. This study is based on quantitative data through MICS data (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey that is carried out by the Government through INSTAT in partnership with UNICEF) as well as qualitative data. The results aim is to provide guidance to appropriate parties in consideration of gender issues in various programmes throughout the region. The study investigates a collection of different aspects of well-being in which gender inequalities are impacting relation to children including Education, Survival and Flourishing, and Protection, as well as analyses hidden dimensions of wellbeing. The study offers recommendations to better guide programs relating to or in relation to gender inequalities. 

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