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Senegal

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Create an Enabling Environment

The challenges

There is no dedicated budget for gender statistics in Senegal and no component of the National Statistical System (NSS) has a specific entity in charge of gender statistics. Although all NSS structures have a gender focal point or specialist, this is often a single staff member reporting to the Head of that entity. There is also a need to standardize methodologies, definitions and objectives among institutions to facilitate the exchange and international comparison of data and concepts.

The Women Count response includes

  • Assessing and improving legislative and legal acts to take into account gender statistics;
  • Advocating for gender to be integrated in the upcoming third National Statistical Development Strategy (2019-2023) and for a monitoring mechanism to evaluate this mainstreaming;
  • Inventorying available data, existing data sources and gaps in gender data production and storage to inform SDG monitoring, and assessing the capacity of the NSS for producing and sharing gender data; and
  • Establishing and strengthening multi-stakeholder committees for the production, compilation and dissemination of gender statistics within the NSS, at national and subnational level.
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Increase Data Production

The challenges

Several types of gender data gaps – including how often gender data is produced and in which domains – remain undetermined due to the absence or poor quality of gender data. Data on wealth, time use of household members, income of household members and current household expenditure are generally not disaggregated by sex. Not all SDG indicators are addressed in ongoing surveys, or easily usable.

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The Women Count response includes

  • Improving the capacity of the NSS to compile Tier I and Tier II indicators for the SDGs and the minimum set of gender indicators to monitor commitments under CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action and other national priorities;
  • Undertaking new data collection activities to address gender data gaps; and
  • Training to strengthen the capacity of NSS data producers at central and district levels to produce, collect and analyse Tier I and Tier II gender-specific SDG indicators and contribute to institutionalizing a gender statistics training within the National School of Statistics and Economic Analysis (ENSEA).
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Improve Data Accessibility & Use

The challenges

Data are not sufficiently complete or consistent to allow for the monitoring of public policies in certain sectors. There is a paucity or inadequacy of data for in-depth and consistent gender-sensitive analysis on topics related to the labour market, health status and lifestyle, access to resources, violence, and participation in decision-making – in both public and private spheres. Moreover, there is no regular consultation, dialogue or cooperation between data producers and users, and no unified framework for the dissemination of gender indicators.

The Women Count response includes

  • Improving and regularly updating the National Agency of Statistics and Demography (ANSD) gender database and web page/portal;
  • Supporting regular publication of reports, factsheets and other tools on gender equality data in all sectors;
  • Conducting regular trainings on gender statistics for statistician and non-statistician users (with a strong focus on media professionals and communications training schools); and
  • Institutionalizing regular national and sub-national thematic user-producer dialogues on gender statistics.
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Recent Achievements
  • A national gender statistics assessment and project document was completed in September 2019 and endorsed by several key government stakeholders, including ANSD.