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Create an Enabling Environment

The challenges

There is a lack of coordination in Morocco’s fragmented statistical system, as several institutions are in charge of producing gender-disaggregated statistics and sensitive data – including the High Commissioner of Planning (HCP), ministries, independent observatories and the national bank. The Prime Minister created a Coordinating Committee, however its mission and capacities are outdated and several producers generate gender-sensitive statistics without the committee’s involvement.

The Women Count response includes

  • Conducting a national and regional assessment with all producers and users of gender statistics on the quality of gender statistics produced and their compliance with international standards, as well as challenges and obstacles faced in producing, analysing, disseminating and using such data;
  • Capacity-building and peer-education exchanges for national and regional data producers; and
  • Engaging and training Members of Parliament to advocate for the reform and developing a report with recommendations for improving the legal, political and institutional environment for the production and use of gender statistics.
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Increase Data Production

The challenges

The relevance and pertinence of available gender-related SDG indicators is unquestionable in Morocco. For example, 21% of the indicators measuring the achievement of SDG 5 are not produced, available or updated and 25% of the statistics needed to measure women’s economic participation are not available.  

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Gender equality and climate change in Morocco

The Women Count response includes

  • Providing financial and technical support for the production and analysis of gender-responsive statistics, particularly in the field of violence against women and girls and women’s economic empowerment; and
  • Developing and implementing training sessions to increase the capacities of national and regional statistics producers to generate gender-sensitive statistics in keeping with international norms and standards.
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Gender equality and climate change in Morocco
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Improve Data Accessibility & Use

The challenges

It is difficult for Moroccan users to understand statistical products in general and gender-sensitive statistics in particular. Producers themselves have expressed the need for training on the requirements for sex-disaggregated statistics. Regional and national gender statistics producers and users face a lack of skilled human resources, and vocational training and capacities-building programmes remain limited.

The Women Count response includes

  • Institutionalizing user-producer dialogues to increase accessibility, quality and demand for gender statistics;
  • Supporting the national statistical office in producing infographics and user-friendly gender-data-related. documents; and
  • Developing and implementing training sessions to increase the capacities of all national and regional statistics users to both analyse gender-related statistics and use gender-sensitive statistics when developing, budgeting, monitoring and assessing public programmes.
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Recent Achievements
  • UN Women supported HCP to conduct the second edition of the National Survey on Violence against Women. Following the adoption of a national law to prevent violence against women in February 2018, the Government expressed the need to have up-to-date prevalence data to replace the 2009 figures currently being used to establish priorities, to inform the enforcement of the new law and to monitor progress against reducing violence. 
  • Twenty-one Moroccan national and regional statistics users have been trained in the production and use of gender data, strengthening their capacities. Training included skills to identify gaps in the production and use of gender data, gender-responsive SDG monitoring and using gender data to inform the design, monitoring and assessment of public policies and programmes.
  • UN Women held a national awareness-raising workshop targeting the representatives of 26 national statistics producers, including the HCP, ministries, independent evaluation bodies and civil society organizations. It sought to emphasize the critical necessity of producing gender-sensitive statistics to monitor the 2030 Agenda and comply with Moroccan constitutional and legal frameworks. UN Women also organized two regional awareness-raising workshops in the Casablanca-Settat and Draa-Tafilalet regions, targeting 25 statistics producers in each region.

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