Women Count

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a historic global compact to achieve gender equality by 2030.

But we need more and better gender data, or else we will not be able to adequately monitor the implementation of the SDGs.

UN Women’s strategy for change is Women Count, which seeks to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted.

UN Women/Younghwa Choi

What's new?

UN Women recently organized the Counted and Visible conference on measuring intersecting inequalities. It was attended by around 300 people.

Women Count HQ Statistics Specialist Jessa Encarnacion and Regional Advisor for ECA Ala Negruta participated in a webinar on communicating gender statistics on 13 march, organized by Paris 21.

Women Count just completed its midterm review. Stay tuned for the midterm review donor report on 30 June. In the meantime, read the 2018 annual report.

Gender Data Gaps & Challenges

The absence of adequate data can impede progress in creating informed and effective policies. Gender data gaps can be linked to three challenges…

 

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Weak policy space, and legal and financial environments, are barriers to progress

In many countries, the production of gender statistics is not specified in statistics laws and policies, and as a result the sector is under-prioritized and under-funded in national budgets.
02.

Technical and financial challenges limit the production of gender statistics

Areas such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and unpaid care and domestic work, are important to measure but are under-resourced. Also at risk are emerging areas, such as gender and poverty, gender pay gaps and women’s participation in decision-making, where a lot more methodological work is needed.
03.

Lack of access to data and limited capacity of users to use gender statistics to inform polices.

Where data is available it is not made accessible or shared in user-friendly formats, impeding their use in informing evidence-based advocacy in decision-making. When data is not used to inform policy and advocacy, it leads to low demand, which in turn reduces the incentive to produce gender statistics.

What We Do

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Enabling Environment

Promoting a supportive policy environment to address institutional and financial constraints and to strengthen policies and practices governing the production and use of gender statistics.

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Data Production

Supporting efforts to improve the regular production of gender statistics, including building the technical capacity of the national statistical systems and providing financial support to improve data collection so that we can better monitor the SDGs.

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Data Accessibility

Improving access to data to inform policy advocacy through solutions such as open access, dissemination tools, and user-producer dialogues, so that data users are better able to use gender statistics in policy, programmes and advocacy.

Where We Work

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News

UN Statistical Commission
Announcement|Gender data
UN Women at the UN Statistical Commission
UN Women ILO event
Event|Economic empowerment
Gendered effects of marriage and child rearing on labour market outcomes
Counted and Visible
Event|Intersecting inequalities
Counted and visible: Global conference on the measurement of gender and intersecting inequalities

Partners

Women Count is generously supported by the Governments of Australia, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States; and Alwaleed Philanthropies, Alibaba Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Elizabeth Arden.

Country Fact Sheets

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