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Interregional cooperation to strengthen national capacities to measure progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment

Background:

Gender statistics inform policy and programme decisions, and are critical for effective monitoring and assessment of gender gains and gaps, yet 15 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action clearly laid out 12 priority areas and highlighted the importance of making available data on women and men, the need and demand for gender statistics continues to grow and remains unmet.
In the Asia and the Pacific region, a strong reminder came out of the 2009 Bangkok Declaration on Beijing +15 of the need to “intensify support for statistical capacity-building efforts on the generation of gender statistics”. Governments emphasized the need for providing timely, reliable and disaggregated data by sex, ethnicity and other relevant subpopulations, and the development of methodologies for the collection and processing of the source data. Likewise, the 11th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women, held in August 2010, highlighted the improvement of availability and use of gender statistics and research as a mechanism for the advancement of women, and endorsed the development of a multi-year programme for the institutionalization of a gender statistics framework.
The current project is being proposed in response to clear and repeatedly stated demands for more and better data and statistics on women and men, and gender-based indicators. The respective subprogrammes of the main implementing partners of the project, ESCAP, ESCWA, ECE and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, are already closely linked and guided by recommendations of the United Nations Statistical Commission.

Objective:

To improve the capacity of national institutions in selected countries with special needs and least developed statistical systems to use data and statistics to monitor, measure and analyse progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment

Expected accomplishments:

  • Relevant national institutions are guided by a coherent framework of gender statistics and indicators in providing, selecting and improving objective and standard measures for monitoring and assessing progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment goals
  • National statistical systems enabled to produce data and improve statistical estimates that address the current gaps and weaknesses in data systems for assessing progress in achieving gender-related development goals
  • Relevant national institutions strengthened to utilize, analyse, disseminate and communicate existing data and statistics for measuring progress in gender-related national development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals

Implementation status:

In progress.