PARIS21-UN Women Gender Expert Meeting
In a collaboration with UN Women, PARIS21 held an expert meeting on gender statistics from 1 to 2 October 2019. The two-day event brought together country representatives and gender experts from around the world to support gender statistics as part of the UN Women Making Every Woman and Girl Count (“Women Count”) programme.
The first day of the meeting offered a comprehensive, in-depth look at gender in statistics, including an overview of UN Women’s Women Count programme, methods and motivations for assessing gender data and capacity gaps, and tools for data planning such as PARIS21’s ADAPT.
The expert meeting also saw the official launch of the PARIS21 framework for Assessing Data and Statistical Capacity Gaps for Better Gender Statistics. Representatives from Maldives, Senegal and the Dominican Republic – the countries in which the gender statistics assessment framework is being piloted – had opportunities to share their experiences and feedback on the framework, the assessment process and to reflect on the overall importance of gender statistics for their national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS).
The second day of the meeting focused on best practices in communicating gender statistics and featured communications experts from a range of professional areas. The importance of users of gender statistics was stressed throughout the meeting; and presentations emphasised the critical role of journalism and media professionals in ensuring that messages reach decision-makers.
The meeting concluded with prompts to continue the conversations on gender statistics into the future, reiterating PARIS21 and UN Women's support for the national statistical offices which will undertake the task of incorporating a gender statistics focus into their NSDS.
- The gender statistics assessment framework developed by PARIS21 is a tool designed to provide a diagnosis of the state of gender statistics in national statistical systems. The results of the assessment can be used to ensure that gender statistics are included in the NSDS in a sustainable way. The framework is highly adaptive in order to allow for diverse countries to take ownership of the assessment process in ways that are most relevant to them.
- Gaps in gender data may be addressed at three major points: policy (gender statistics are not specified in the statistics laws or policies of many countries, and therefore are not reflected in budgets and statistical processes), coordination (gender statistics require high collaboration between data producers due to their cross-cutting nature) and availability (sparse gender data production leads to low usage, which in turn translates to low demand for gender statistics and decreased production).
- Global support for gender statistics must increase in order for countries to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- which include gender equality at their core -- and to achieve the Agenda 2030 and other national and global commitments related to women’s empowerment.
- Communication of gender statistics is not the responsibility of national statistical offices alone. Work should be done to improve statistical literacy across other public sectors and among media professionals, both of which are groups with major roles to play in effectively communicating important gender data to the public and policy-makers.