How We Work

The programme will collaborate with partner governments, international agencies and other actors, including civil society organizations, and build on existing work to achieve the following proposed outcomes.

Outcome I: Creating an enabling environment

An enabling environment for gender-responsive localization of the SDGs allows national and international policy commitments can be effectively monitored.

Assessments will examine legal frameworks, policies and practices governing the production of gender statistics. Tools will be provided to integrate gender statistics in national strategies for the development of statistics through the collaboration with PARIS21. Countries will be supported to formulate plans for the production, analysis, dissemination, and use of gender statistics to monitor SDGs locally, and to ensure that they are financed, implemented and monitored.

Outcome II: Increasing data production

Gender data gaps can be filled by ensuring that quality, comparable and regular gender statistics are produced regularly.

The programme will strengthen the technical capacity of national statistical systems to produce quality gender statistics to monitor the SDGs. This will be done through: direct technical support to compile Tier I SDG indicators; identification of suitable data sources and technical and financial support to collect Tier II indicators; and methodological work to develop standards for Tier III indicators.

Outcome III Improving data availability and use

Gender data must be accessible and available to be used to inform policy and advocacy

The programme will strengthen data-sharing and dissemination and expand the capacity of data users through training and technical assistance. User–producer dialogues will provide forums for national statistical systems to engage with policymakers and key actors, and training to improve users’ understanding of statistical information. Projects will also support research at country level through grants to academic institutions and civil society organizations to conduct secondary data analysis.

Outcome IV Learning, monitoring and evaluation

The programme will focus on regularly measuring the effectiveness of its approach, to keep improving the programme. It will also foster learning from diversity of experiences from regional and national contexts. Finally it will monitor sustainability to ensure demand for gender statistics is increased.


Our Solution

Projects at the country level

Between 2017 and 2021, the programme will be piloted in 12 pathfinder countries through partnerships with national statistics offices and in coordination with Ministries of Gender, and other national actors.Read more about where we work.

Projects at the regional level

Regional projects will provide policy and programmatic support to countries implementing the programme. UN Women regional offices are setting up technical support projects to provide direct support to country-level projects and to support country-led plans to localize and monitor the SDGs. Advocacy with stakeholders is an important component of the regional projects - for gender equality to be taken into consideration in regional reporting and intergovernmental mechanisms; for the regular production of gender statistics; and to promote South–South cooperation and sharing of best practices.

Projects at the global level   

The Global Policy Support Project oversees the work of the programme. In addition, work at the global level includes: advocacy with UN and non-UN partners to improve gender statistics; methodological improvements, working with other UN agencies to improve the quality and comparability of data on the areas of the SDGs where UN Women has been designated as the custodian agency; global monitoring of gender-related SDG targets, to ensure that gender statistics are used to inform policymaking and strengthen accountability for delivery on the SDGs. Read more about our global efforts on gender statistics.

In addition to policy support, advocacy and monitoring,the programme is undertaking key partnerships with agencies and member states. Below are two most recent developments.

UN Women Joint Programme on Violence Against Women data  

UN Women and WHO are developing a joint programme to improve data production and use on violence against women, in collaboration with UNFPA, UNICEF and UNSD. The joint programme will focus on improving selected data collection instruments to produce prevalence data on different forms of violence against women, including for the SDG global monitoring indicators. It will also work to increase the capacity of national institutions to collect prevalence data on violence against women in line with globally agreed standards and increase advocacy for violence against women data to be used for policymaking. The programme will also focus on meeting the national, regional and global monitoring and reporting requirements for SDG target 5.2 indicators.  

All countries stand to benefit from the programme, which intends to improve data collection and reporting on violence against women to present a more accurate picture of this global endemic. This data can then be used to inform policies to end violence against women once and for all.

Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics

UN Women is partnering with the Government of Mexico and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) on developing a Centre of Excellence (CoE) on gender statistics. The CoE will pool efforts in research, innovation, cooperation and exchange of experiences to meet international commitments on women's rights and gender equality. 

Some of the CoE’s initiatives will include an innovation lab; providing technical assistance and training services to national statistical offices and user communities (particularly in Central America); and promoting cooperation and learning across countries in the global south. The CoE will collaborate with such institutions as the Statistical Institute of Asia Pacific (SIAP), UN Women’s Training Centre and the UN Staff College to develop training materials and provide training tailored to the gender data needs of countries and institutions. 


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