21-22 September 2022, Dakar, Senegal

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The time is now for data-driven solutions for gender equality

In the wake of COVID-19, women and girls across Africa and the rest of the world have faced reinforced barriers to achieve gender equality, including disruptions in education and service delivery, weakened access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and a “shadow pandemic” of domestic and intimate partner violence. Timely, granular gender data and statistics are more vital than ever, but remain elusive the world over.

Together with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Senegal’s Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD), and UN Women Africa, PARIS21 convened a regional meeting in Senegal for a peer learning exercise.

From strategy to action: catalytic partnerships and approaches to close gender data gaps

1. The two-day onsite conference gathered over 50 participants from 8 African countries, 5 development partners and the local media. The discussions and group work focused on defining gender data ecosystems and the key enablers of a successful gender mainstreaming in statistics and gender data use by policy makers.

2. Strengthened dialogue of the NSOs and the ministries in charge of women’s affairs in light of the ongoing/planned country projects; with many participants expressing interest in bringing more evidence into their work.

3. Countries and development partners expressed their appreciation for PARIS21 work in Africa. Particularly in addressing challenges at the country level and the opportunities created by projects on gender mainstreaming in strategic planning, partnerships with non-state actors and gender-data financing.

Challenges and opportunities

The African Union's Strategy for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment 2018-2028 found that sex and age disaggregated data remains notoriously difficult to access in countries across the region. High-quality gender data are a critical tool for accelerating action, However, the persisting lack of comprehensive gender statistics coupled with chronic underfunding of systems for regular gender data production, dissemination and use hinders uptake of these data to design effective programmes and assess progress towards the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

However, countries across Africa have introduced new strategies and solutions that chart a path toward more inclusive and resilient statistical systems that empower women and girls. Learning from each other's challenges and successes in the field of strategic, systemic and participatory approaches to gender statistics has never been more important.

PARIS21 2022 Fall Meetings

PARIS21’s 2022 Fall Meetings bring partners together to showcase good data practices and partnerships from across the world, providing the opportunity for more in-depth discussions and collective learning. The key takeaways from this meeting will culminate with the PARIS21 2022 Fall Meetings, where it is envisaged to showcase outcomes of the regional conference in Dakar, as a good example of inter-regional co-operation and highlighting key partner initiatives. Results will be presented at the PARIS21 Board Meeting at the OECD in Paris on 9-10 November 2022.