Maldives made strides in gender equality over the past decade, but there remain gender gaps in economic development, opportunity and access to certain institutions. In order to keep Maldives on the path towards greater gender equality in development, it is imperative that the country has the capacity to record and analyze gender-specific data. To address this, the Government of Maldives is working with PARIS21 to better incorporate gender-specific indicators in its national strategy for the development of statistics (NSDS).
From 27 to 29 August 2019, PARIS21 hosted an ADAPT workshop for gender statistics data planning in Malé, Maldives. The workshop brought together around 20 statisticians representing main stakeholders of the national statistical system in charge of developing gender-specific indicators. At the end of the training, the participants were awarded certificates by Her Excellency Shidhatha Shareef, Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services. This exercise was one of the main activities aimed at the preparation of a gender statistics assessment in Maldives, which will provide a basis for a gender statistics strategy in the Maldives NSDS.
PARIS21’s engagement with the Government of Maldives is one of the ways that it is working to mainstream gender statistics in national strategies for the development of statistics. The work falls under the umbrella of a partnership between PARIS21 and UN Women to promote the production and usage of gender statistics around the world through their Making Every Woman and Girl Count programme.