In partnership with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI), PARIS21 organised three virtual trainings taking place in November 2020. The workshops form part of the joint pilot programme "Operationalising CD4.0 in the Philippines: Strengthening Gender Statistics for Subnational SDG Monitoring." The programme was kicked off in July 2020 and will provide attendees with a foundation in Capacity Development 4.0 (CD4.0), PSA's Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) and the importance of strengthened gender statistics.
This new pilot programme is underscored by a growing need to enhance the production of subnational gender statistics in line with SDG monitoring practices. The programme and its training modules are designed in a way that cities, municipalities and communities learn how to establish community-based SDG monitoring systems, specifically in the area of gender statistics. Attendees will also gain insights into new approaches to capacity development, such as the CD4.0 approach. It was developed by PARIS21 and launched in January 2020 at a high-level meeting with the United Nations Statistics Division, helps to assess and strategically develop the capacity of statistical systems, including their legal framework, funding infrastructure, coordination, communications and advocacy.
The training series was kicked off by a virtual seminar on gender statistics in policy making, which took place on 5 November 2020. Participants included Dr. Josefina Almeda, Executive Director of PSRTI and her team, Dr. Dennis Mapa, National Statistician at PSA, Benjie Navarro, Statistical Officer at PSA, Lisa Bersales, local consultant, representatives from local government units (LGUs) from the province of Bataan and PARIS21 staff.
The seminar featured discussions around the characteristics of gender statistics and their role for global, regional, national and subnational goals as well as in policy making. In line with these key topics, participants explored answers to the following questions:
What are gender statistics?
How can they contribute to better policy making at the subnational level?
How can they be improved and used more in the CBMS?
Important takeaways were presented along the way, for example, the potential of data collected by LGUs to improve policy making and public service delivery in provinces. Moreover, the CBMS provides a number of core indicators targeted at fighting poverty. All of them are disaggregated by sex and therefore offer important insights for policy makers who may deal with questions such as: How does unemployment for women differ from men? Why is this the case? Do we need different social protection schemes?
The immediate need for policy making to be grounded in disaggregated data cannot be overemphasised. Tracking and responding to challenges for women and girls therefore requires a robust supply of relevant, granular and timely gender statistics. To bring them to the attention of policy makers, they need to be communicated effectively. Participants will therefore learn how to strengthens these pillars of better lives for women and girls together with partner and participants .
The second workshop took place on 17-19 November 2020 and focused on data production and management for gender statistics.
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