PARIS21 is collaborating with UN Women to mainstream gender in national strategies for the development of statistics


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Despite some advances in the past few decades, women and girls continue to suffer violence and discrimination throughout the world. Women and girls are also disproportionately affected by poverty, lack of education, political and economic exclusion and lack of access to healthcare.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and especially SDG5, call on all countries to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030. This will only be possible if we understand the depth and scope of the issues and are able to measure the impacts of our interventions. Current gaps in gender statistics, however, make it difficult to obtain the full picture of the different roles that men and women play in society. The 2018 UN Women report found that globally sufficient and regular data were only available for 10 of the 54 gender-specific SDG indicators, making it difficult to assess and monitor the direction and pace of progress for women and girls.

Currently, one of the main reasons for the lack of reporting of these indicators is limited national capacity to produce and effectively communicate gender statistics. In fact, only 13% of countries have budgets dedicated to gender statistics.  Further, donor commitments to statistics do not sufficiently address gender issues. According to the 2019 PARIS21 PRESS reportonly 13% of multilateral donor-funded statistical development projects include activities in gender statistics, and these activities represent only approximately 8% of the total budgets of all projects reported.

Against this backdrop and in the framework of the Making Every Woman and Girl Count Programme, PARIS21 and UN Women are collaborating to increase the production and wider use of gender statistics in line with national priorities and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

This collaboration supports countries of the Global South in strengthening their statistical systems to produce gender statistics that are consistent, high quality, timely and relevant to policy makers, academics, civil society organisations and citizens.

The collaboration focuses on four main activities:

  1. Improving co-ordination and planning for gender statistics through the development of an assessment framework and tools to identify reasons for gender statistics gaps relating to the capacity of national statistical systems. This assessment is meant to provide input for the mainstreaming of the gender perspective in national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS). PARIS21 has developed a framework document for assessing the capacity of national statistical systems to produce quality gender statistics that meet users’ needs. The assessment is currently being piloted in the Dominican Republic, Maldives, Senegal, Egypt, the Kyrgyz Republic and Cambodia. Work is underway to launch the process of mainstreaming gender in the NSDS of Jordan and Bolivia.

  2. Improving data dissemination and communication of gender statistics through media engagement and data visualisation trainings, and brokering user-producer partnerships through dialogues. Ongoing work includes development of an e-learning module on communicating gender statistics for journalists and producers of statistics within the PARIS21 Academy. This module aims to improve the ability of statisticians and journalists to communicate gender statistics and produce visualizations. It also seeks to build trust between NSS, media, government and civil society organizations and increase media coverage of gender statistics.

  3. Reporting the use of gender-specific data: currently, PARIS21 is building a methodological base for conducting text analysis methodology in the use of gender-specific data in newspapers, national development plans (NDPs) and select policy documents to measure citizen’s use and actual policy uses.

  4. Reporting of financial resources for gender statistics through the Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS). The report presents data on technical and financial support to statistical development worldwide, and thus is a valuable tool for collaboration between donors and recipient countries. The PRESS report has included a section dedicated to support to gender statistics since its 2018 edition.