As part of its collaboration with UN Women, PARIS21 developed a comprehensive framework to assess data and capacity gaps linked to gender statistics. The framework, aimed at national statistical offices, proposes methods, activities and tools for conducting assessments related to gender statistics to support the mainstreaming of gender statistics in national statistical systems (NSS). The assessment report resulting from the application of this framework is meant to inform national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS).

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“This framework is important because there have been many different assessments prepared by international organisations and other countries over time, and this document provides a unified way for assessing gender statistics for the purpose of the NSDS. Having this tool will help us to support countries in a uniform way.”

- Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women


There are multiple frameworks and tools for the assessment of official gender statistics relating to the capacity of NSS, but none of them assess all aspects of data gaps and statistical capacity collectively.

This framework is unique in that it:

  • Adopts a comprehensive, granular and holistic approach to the capacity of the NSS to produce and communicate quality gender statistics which meet user needs. It not only uncovers the various motivations and political dimensions that influence the capacity to quality gender statistics, but also highlights soft skills of individuals like teamwork and leadership.

  • Proposes a sustainable way of promoting the production and use of gender statistics across the NSS by providing a solid basis for the formulation of NSDS in order to secure better political support, prioritisation and funding.

  • Recognises the importance of widespread and active participation of various countries’ stakeholders involved in the production, communication and use of gender statistics.

  • Devotes special attention to the use of gender statistics by lawmakers, media, private sector, and civil society organisations. It recognises the important role of these statistics in evidence-based policy creation and policy monitoring, enhancing transparency and good governance and ensuring societal change.

“With the project we have established a good working relationship with the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Service (MoGFSS). There is strong commitment from policy makers of MoGFSS to close data and capacity gaps that exist within the ministry and within other agencies. As the main statistical agency, this provided us with better insight into the issues related to the coordination of gender statistics production among key agencies. This includes institutional challenges and data collection gaps that exist within the system.”

- Riyaza Fathimath, Deputy Statistician, National Bureau of Statistics, Maldives


This work benefited from comments of international and national gender statistics experts.

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