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Making Every Woman and Girl Count

With 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators, of which 54 are gender-specific, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a historic global compact to achieve gender equality by 2030.

The need to produce relevant and quality gender-sensitive indicators to monitor the SDGs is now greater than ever. Yet, without investing in gender statistics, there will be considerable gaps in our ability to adequately monitor the implementation of the SDGs.

UN Women’s strategy for change is Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MEWGC), which seeks to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted at the global, regional and country level. The programme works in three broad areas:

  • Enabling environment: Promoting a supportive policy environment to prioritize gender data and effective monitoring of the SDGs
  • Data production: Supporting efforts to improve the regular production of gender statistics, including building the technical capacity of the national statistical systems and providing financial support to improve data collection
  • Data accessibility: Improving access to data to inform policy advocacy through solutions such as open access, dissemination tools, and user-producer dialogues.

MEWGC benefits from the generous support of the Governments of Australia, Ireland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more about our partners.

A Steering Committee provides strategic guidance and monitors the implementation of the programme. It is composed of participating counties, bilateral donors, key agencies and civil society organizations.

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