SDG Monitoring

The 2030 Agenda cannot be achieved without quality data and a robust indicator framework. Yet, 80 per cent of the indicators for gender equality across the SDGs are lacking data. There are critical gaps in data coverage that must be filled, so that we can successfully monitor the SDGs and ensure they are implemented for women and girls. Now, the need to produce more and better gender data is greater than ever. Without data, our ability to monitor the SDGs and track progress on commitments to gender equality will be compromised. Women Count provides the roadmap for greater investment in gender data. Below are some examples of our SDG monitoring work.

One aspect of this work is developing methodological standards for SDG indicators, to enable more countries to collect data that are not readily available to improve SDG monitoring.. UN Women is the custodian agency to monitor three Tier III SDG indicators:

  • Indicator 5.1.1: Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non‑discrimination on the basis of sex (with OECD Development Centre and World Bank);
  • Indicator 5.5.1: Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments;
  • Indicator 5.c.1: Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment (gender budgeting).

To develop methodological standards for each of these indicators, UN Women and its partners piloted a set of guidelines and survey instruments and held consultations to seek feedback from countries to validate the approach and results. The results were then presented to the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) for approval and possible reclassification into Tier II. Indicators 5.5.1 and 5.c.1 have been successfully approved to Tier II category.

Here are the tier classifications:

Tier Classification Criteria/Definitions:

  • Tier 1: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, and data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.
  • Tier 2: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries.
  • Tier 3: No internationally established methodology or standards are yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested.

For more information on tier classifications see the IAEG-SDGS site.

Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda

In February 2018 UN Women published its first global monitoring report, which provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the SDGs from a gender perspective. It shows that gender equality is central to the achievement of all 17 SDGs; assesses gender data gaps and challenges for robust global monitoring; and sets an agenda for strengthening accountability for gender equality commitments at the global, regional and national levels, including urgent actions to close gender data gaps.

Read more about the report.

Gender data portal (forthcoming)

UN Women is developing a gender data portal, which will be a one-stop shop for gender data and monitoring gender in the SDGs. It will include interactive visualizations and data stories, and will be designed to serve policymakers, practitioners, researchers, data journalists and the general public with varying levels of digital literacy and engagement with gender statistics. The portal is tentatively scheduled to be launched in March 2019.