Where We Work


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Create an Enabling Environment

The Problem

At global level, challenges for gender statistics relate to:

  • Limited funding for gender data production and use.
  • Lack of internationally accepted standards in areas of importance for gender equality.
  • Lack of guidance on integrating gender in national statistical strategies and business processes.
  • Low levels of technical capacity and data literacy that prevent the use of gender data in international reporting, including to international treaty bodies and other mechanisms.
  • Lack of coordination at the global level, particularly by development partners that provide technical and financial support for statistical capacity-building.

The Women Count Response Includes

  • developing guidance to integrate gender statistics in national statistical development strategies (in collaboration with PARIS21)
  • providing guidance to UN Women’s national and regional offices to develop and implement Women Count projects
  • advocating for increased funding for the production and use of gender data.
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Increase Data Production

The Problem

Due to resource and technical constraints in most developing countries, the production of gender statistics is still limited and gender data gaps are pervasive. This is particularly true in areas that are sensitive or where the technical and financial requirements are significant (e.g. violence against women and time-use surveys) and in new or emerging areas where substantial methodological work is needed.

Global Increase Data Production

The Women Count Response Includes

  • Developing guidance to integrate gender statistics in national strategies for the development of statistics (in collaboration with PARIS21).
  • Providing operational, programmatic and technical guidance to UN Women’s national and regional offices to develop and implement Women Count projects.
  • Advocating for increased funding for the production and use of gender data.
Global Improve Data Accesibility  & Use
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Improve Data Accessibility & Use

The Problem

Gaps in gender statistics are compounded by the low dissemination and communication capabilities of national statistical systems to make existing data available in user-friendly formats. Failure to build the capacity of policymakers and other stakeholders to use these data to inform evidence-based advocacy in decision-making exacerbates this problem.

The Women Count Response Includes

  • Developing a gender data portal to serve as a unique entry-point for all things related to gender equality and the SDGs.
  • Producing statistical briefs and brochures on gender statistics in various thematic areas.
  • Organizing and/or participating in panel discussions on gender statistics for decision-making during major global and regional events.
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Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

In addition, another key component of Women Count is monitoring, learning and evaluation. Activities include measuring effectiveness, documenting lessons and learning through a diversity of experiences, all while measuring the sustainability of the Women Count approach.

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.

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Joint Programme on Violence against Women Data

Led by UN Women and the World Health Organization (WHO)

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. Read more >>