Where we work

Pathfinder countries

Pathfinder countries are where projects will be developed to provide technical support to improve the production and use of gender statistics to support the monitoring of the SDGs and other national commitments. The criteria to become a pathfinder country include: a commitment to women’s and girls’ rights and to high statistical standards; country-level demand including demonstrable commitment to improve gender statistics; and motivation to be part of a global and inclusive learning process on gender statistics.

An independent assessment led to the selection of 12 pathfinder countries, out of which the following countries are setting up country-level projects:  Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Morocco, Nepal and Bangladesh. Individual country profiles will be developed in 2018 to monitor progress of implementation of the programme.

The remaining countries where the programme will be implemented if funds are available include: Senegal, Albania, Cameroon, Colombia, Jordan, and Sierra Leone.


Regional projects

Regional projects are underway in Europe and Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific and East and Southern Africa. 

UN Women regional offices are setting up technical support projects for country-level projects and to support country-led plans to localize and monitor the SDGs. The regional offices will also be involved in advocacy with stakeholders 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.


Global policy support

Work at the global level includes: advocacy to improve gender statistics; working with partner agencies to make methodological improvements on SDG indicators for which UN Women is the custodian agency; and global monitoring of gender-related SDG targets, to ensure that gender statistics are used to inform policymaking and strengthen accountability for SDG implementation.

UN Women Joint Programme on Violence Against Women data  

(Led by UN Women and WHO, in collaboration with UNFPA, UNICEF and UNSD)

The joint programme on Strengthening Methodologies and Measurement and Building National Capacities for Violence against Women Data focuses on improving the collection of prevalence data on different forms of violence against women, including for the SDG indicators. It will help increase the capacity of national institutions to collect prevalence data on violence against women in line with globally agreed standards and advocate for violence against women data to be used in policymaking. 

Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics

(Led by the Government of Mexico and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) with UN Women)

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) on gender statistics will pool efforts in research, innovation, cooperation and exchange of experiences to meet international commitments on women's rights and gender equality. Learn more here.