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.

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What's new?

As soon as the pandemic hit, we started conducting rapid gender assessment surveys to ascertain the effect of COVID-19 on women and girls. The Asia-Pacific region and Europe and Central Asia have just released reports to share their findings.

The Women Count annual report 2019 is now available. The digital report has an interactive dashboard of results, key highlights and stories of change.

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

Photo: UN Women
Event|Gender and COVID-19
Learning from and using surveys to assess the gendered socio-economic impacts of COVID-19
Photo: Rodríguez de Jesús Cynthia (ONU)
Event|Gender data production and collection
Webinar: Measuring time use and quantifying care
COVID-19 emergency response activities, Madartek, Basabo, Dhaka. Photo: UN Women
News|Gender and COVID-19
UN Women surveys reveal that women are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic

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

View the country fact sheets to learn more about data related to specific counties.

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