The girls education policy index - by my ex-employer CGD

This analysis is completely in the reality-based world where girls are female and this is a straightforward fact
Measures in the index include:

Incentives for girls to attend school
Availability of contraception
Laws mandate sex education in schools
Separate toilets & sanitation facilities
Labour market non discrimination
Sexual harassment laws
Female role models
None of this makes sense or is possible unless govts recognise sex

No mention of gender fluidity here

They do include the Q

"Does the law prohibit discrimination by creditors on the basis of sex or gender?"

(but no sign of what the distinction is?)
Of course developing country govts do recognise sex. They are not doing the weird things that the Scottish govt & the US govt & the Canadian govt are doing with replacing sex with self ID'd gender

(But these are the donors for international orgs & ODA...)
Compare and contrast this with the approach of the same team when considering the sex (?) gender (?) of people coming to meetings in the office in London & DC

Either sex is real, immutable, important & straightforward everywhere or it isn't…
The sad thing is CGD was a place where colleagues could argue & disagree, and be robust (and write about those disagreements so that others could think too).

I guess people in this team cannot say that they notice the issue here, because - what if someone reports the offence?!
CGD saw its role not just as being smart-people-with-spreadsheets but willing to prick the fashionable bubbles of the World Bank, NGOs, donors

- the kind of place to give researchers platform to say to Action Aid "what do you mean no such thing as male & female bodies??"


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