Global, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda
With 3 years down, 2019 was a year of reflection and to chart the way forward. The Women Count programme is built on the premise that sustainable improvements in how gender data are demanded, created and used require adequate resources and planning, good coordination and well-capacitated stakeholders for effective collaboration.
How far have we come?
What have we achieved?
Since, the programme kicked off, a lot has been achieved. Here are some highlights.
Statistical systems have become more responsive to the gender data needs of national development plans and poverty reduction strategies.
countries integrated gender statistics in their national strategies for statistics
countries established coordination mechanisms to improve gender data production and use
Kenya has made gender statistics a national priority and stakeholder engagement has resulted in several policy advances
Cameroon invested USD 700,000 on gender data to improve monitoring of its national gender policy
SDG monitoring has improved as a result of methodological work and data collection and analysis
surveys were supported, resulting in new data on unpaid care work and violence against women
Improved data availability and use of gender data are informing evidence-based policies
Training has strengthened the skills of over
data producers and
Colombia analyzed time use data to inform the design of its national care policy
In Kenya, a survey on women in agriculture has led to a pledge of USD 10 million in agricultural loans to women farmers
In Morocco, new data on violence against women is being used to strengthening advocates’ call for reforms on existing laws
80 per cent of all targets were achieved or are on track to be achieved, with 84 per cent of all outcomes and 78 per cent of all outputs met.
The stories below are based on case studies of some of the most promising programme results, to distill critical lessons learned that can be applied, disseminated, and replicated.
As Women Count takes stock of our progress, countries worldwide are grappling with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic which has put the importance of data into sharp relief. In response, Women Count’s planned activities have been adjusted to support COVID-19 gender data collection and dissemination. As countries emerge from the crisis, integrating a gender perspective in the work of national statistical offices will be more important than ever – particularly amid resource constraints caused by COVID-19, which could hinder investments in gender data.
COVID-19 data resources
See our latest COVID-19 and gender monitor, which highlights what data must be monitored for a gender-responsive COVID-19 action plan.
For more stories and data, see our COVID-19 page.
Rapid gender assessments
UN Women has leveraged public-private partnerships to conduct rapid gender assessments that assess how women are affected by COVID-19. Survey results are available for Asia and the Pacific.
Here are some more ways the RGAs are influencing COVID-19 response plans.
- In Pakistan, the Ministry of Women is using the results of the RGA to design the country’s COVID-19 policy response.
- In Ukraine, following the RGA conducted in April, the Canadian International Development Agency extended its financial support to UN Women to integrate a COVID-19 response to a project on decentralization reform.
- In the Maldives, the National Statistics Office (NSO) and the UN Country Team used the results of the RGA to inform the country’s socioeconomic impact assessment, which forms the basis of an integrated policy response to COVID-19 and is used for designing mitigation strategies.
- In Samoa, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development worked with UN Women both to design the COVID-19 data collection plan and to promote responses to our survey, including from rural communities. The RGA results will be used to guide the country’s recovery activities.