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Colombia

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Create an Enabling Environment

The challenges

The inclusion of a gender perspective in statistics has been the result of the need to address information requirements, particularly on violence against women, rather than the result of a planned and structured process. Institutions in the National Statistical System (NSS) have more than one area producing statistical information, which can lead to a duplication of functions and potential inconsistency in data. 
 

The Women Count response includes

  • Strengthening the institutions that produce statistical information, including at the highest management levels, to support the technical work needed for a gender perspective to be included in the production, operation and collection of statistical data;
  • Establishing an institutional coordination mechanism to facilitate the exchange of experiences between DANE, CPEM, DNP and other key actors within the NSS to better mainstream gender in national policies and frameworks governing the production and use of gender statistics; 
  • Building technical capacities on gender statistics through training to analyse and produce gender statistics; create indicators on gender differences according to geographic location; use administrative records to identify gender-based violence; examine the experiences of other countries in gender policies and statistics.
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Increase Data Production

The challenges

In the absence of rules for standardized data production, there is a need to ensure that information systems can work together. Information and evidence to inform local policymaking is limited in Colombia, and there is weak capacity to produce statistics with a gender perspective at the subnational level, in order to appropriately monitor the SDGs. There is also limited training to include a gender perspective or an intersectional approach for personnel in charge of the production, accessibility and dissemination of statistical information. 

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The Women Count response includes

  • Developing a self-directed training module to build capabilities and improve knowledge of the importance of gender statistics for planning, public policy and monitoring the SDGs;
  • Providing technical assistance to conduct surveys, including on issues such as time-use, political culture, citizen security and coexistence; and
  • Integrating a gender perspective in the 2021 Economic Census and the Multipurpose Cadastre and incorporating innovations such as the use of Big Data. 
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Improve Data Accessibility & Use

The challenges

Gender statistics are not concentrated in a single place – in fact, several sites must be visited in order to obtain data. There is limited availability of survey and census microdata. There are also limited orientation and feedback mechanisms to detect unsatisfied needs from users – with half of the country’s institutions lacking such mechanisms.
 

The Women Count response includes

  • Strengthening capacities and providing tools to design, plan and evaluate gender-related public policies to inform decision-making; 
  • Developing two strategic publications, using a national-subnational approach, on the status of women and men in Colombia in various aspects of development and progress towards gender equality in the first five years of implementation of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Developing the conceptual design and the operating system for the Gender Atlas for Colombia; and
  • Strengthening the gender statistics system to complement the peace agreement monitoring system – with technical assistance for the analysis of data sources and production mechanisms, considering the strategies and mechanisms created to define the participation of women (using a gender-based approach), as well as Colombia’s Peace Accords Matrix.
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Recent Achievements
  • A national gender statistics assessment was completed and endorsed by several key government stakeholders, including DANE, DNP and CPEM, and a validation workshop was held in April 2019 to endorse the results. 
  • Support was provided to DANE to establish a Gender Roundtable, to bring together all actors of the NSS, and serve as the designated technical entity for consultation on topics related to the production, access and use of gender statistics.