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Reports, databases and archives relating to gender equality and women's human rights

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  • Mind the Gap: Gender & Education
    http://www.uis.unesco.org/ ] Languages:  English  | French | Spanish
    A new online tool highlighting the progress and pitfalls of girls' and women's education around the world. UNESCO. UIS.

  • UNESCO Fact Sheet on Women in Science
    http://www.uis.unesco.org/ ] Languages:  English  | French
    Women and men tend to take different career paths and the research field is no exception. Overall, women account for a minority of the world's researchers. Despite the growing demand for cross nationally comparable statistics on women in science, national data and their use in policymaking often remain limited. This document presents global and regional profiles pinpointing where women thrive in this sector and where they are under-represented. UNESCO. UIS.

  • The Global Education Digest
    http://www.uis.unesco.org/ ] Languages:  English | French
    The Global Education Digest presents the latest education statistics worldwide. UNESCO. UIS.

  • Gender Equality Data and Statistics
    http://datatopics.worldbank.org/gender/ ] Languages:  English 
    This gender data portal is a one-stop shop for gender information, catering to a wide range of users and providing data from a variety of sources. Data at the country level are organized under six thematic headings, which are aligned to the themes identified by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics. The World Bank.


  • World Bank eAtlas of Gender
    http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-gender/en-us ] Languages:  English 
    This World Bank eAtlas of Gender, the latest in a suite of user-friendly, interactive electronic atlases, allows users to map and graph dozens of gender indicators over time and across countries.

  • UNdata
    data.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    UNdata is a data access system to UN databases that brings UN statistical data within easy reach of users through a single entry point (http://data.un.org/). The UN-system has accumulated over the past 60 years an impressive amount of information. UNdata, developed by the Statistics Division of UN DESA, is a powerful tool, which brings this unique and authoritative set of data not only to the desks of decision makers and analysts, but also to journalists, to students and to all citizens of the world.

  • Facts & Figures on Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals

  • Gender and Land Rights Database
    www.fao.org/gender/landrights ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish
    This database contains country-level information on the national and customary laws governing land use, property rights and inheritance. It offers information on women's and men's legal rights in access to land.

  • Infographic: The female face of farming
     www.fao.org/gender/infographic/en/ ] Languages:  English 
    Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in the developing world. Yet they receive only a fraction of the land, credit, inputs (such as improved seeds and fertilizers), agricultural training and information compared to men. Empowering and investing in rural women has been shown to significantly increase productivity, reduce hunger and malnutrition and improve rural livelihoods. And not only for women, but for everyone. Let's take a closer look at the story of women and agriculture.

  • Closing the Gap between men and women in agriculture
     www.fao.org/sofa/gender/en/ ] Languages:  English 
    The agriculture sector is underperforming in many developing countries, in part because men and women do not have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be productive. Across countries and contexts: women have consistently less access than men to agricultural assets, inputs and services and to rural employment opportunities. Increasing women's access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity and generate gains in agricultural output, food security, economic growth and social welfare. The gains in agricultural production alone could lift 100–150 million people out of hunger. Closing the gender gap is not only the right thing to do. It is crucial for agricultural development and food security.

  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011: Women in agriculture: closing the gender gap for development
     www.fao.org/s] Languages:
    Arabic |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish 
    The State of Food and Agriculture 2010–11 makes the "business case" for addressing gender issues in agriculture and rural employment. The agriculture sector is underperforming in many developing countries, in part because women do not have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. The gender gap imposes real costs on society in terms of lost agricultural output, food security and economic growth. Promoting gender equality is not only good for women; it is also good for agricultural development.

  • The World's Women
    The World's Women is a statistical source-book produced by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs providing a comprehensive analysis of women in different parts of the world. It highlights the main findings of statistical analysis worldwide in a broad range of fields -- including families, health, education, work, human rights and politics.

    • The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics
      unstats.un.org ] Languages:  English 
      The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics is the fifth issue of The World’s Women and is being produced to coincide with the first-ever World’s Statistics Day, 20 October 2010. The 2010 issue highlights the differences in the status of women and men in eight areas - population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. Analyses are based mainly on statistics from international and national statistical sources.

    • The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics
      unstats.un.org ] Languages:  English 
      The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics is the first to review and analyze national capacity to collect and report sex-disaggregated data on core socioeconomic topics relevant for addressing gender concerns.

    • Special Report of the World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics
      unstats.un.org ] Languages:  English 
      The Special Report of the World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics provides an overview of country reporting and data sources focusing on sex-disaggregated statistics on population, births and deaths.

    • The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics
      unstats.un.org ] Languages:  English 
      The third issue in the series of reports (the other two issued in 1991 and 1995) that looks at the status of women through the lens of statistical data and analysis.


  • Progress of the World's Women
    Progress of the World's Women is a biennial investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality.

  • Education for All Global Monitoring Report


  • State of the World's Children


  • Human Development Report
    The Human Development Report is an independent report, commissioned by UNDP. Since the first Report in 1990, four new composite indices for human development have been developed -- the Human Development Index, the Gender-related Development Index, the Gender Empowerment Measure, and the Human Poverty Index. Each Report also focuses on a topical theme in the current development debate, providing path-breaking analysis and policy recommendations.

    • Human Development Report 2010 - 20th Anniversary: A new measure of gender inequality
      hdr.undp.org ] Languages:
      Arabic  Chinese   English   French   Russian   Spanish  
      The disadvantages facing women and girls are a major source of inequality. All too often, women and girls are discriminated against in health, education and the labour market—with negative repercussions for their freedoms. We introduce a new measure of these inequalities built on the same framework as the HDI and the IHDI— to better expose differences in the distribution of achievements between women and men (figure 5.4 of the Report). The Gender Inequality Index shows that:

      • Gender inequality varies tremendously across countries—the losses in achievement due to gender inequality (not directly comparable to total inequality losses because different variables are used) range from 17 percent to 85 percent. The Netherlands tops the list of the most gender-equal countries, followed by Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.
      • Countries with unequal distribution of human development also experience high inequality between women and men, and countries with high gender inequality also experience unequal distribution of human development. Among the countries doing very badly on both fronts are Central African Republic, Haiti and Mozambique.


  • State of World Population

  • Agri-Gender Statistics Toolkit
    www.fao.org ] Languages:  English 
    The "Agri-Gender Statistics Toolkit" is a database with a cross range of tools for the collection and use of sex-disaggregated agricultural data, and designed for development specialists and planners. The so-called "AGRI-GENDER DATABASE" provides examples of questions asked in agricultural census programmes implemented in selected countries in Africa over the past two decades, covering the following data items: agricultural population and households; access to productive resources; production and productivity; destination of agricultural produce; labour and time-use; income and expenditures; membership of agricultural/farmer organisations; food security; poverty indicators. Furthermore, the toolkit contains examples of table formats that facilitate the presentation of gender relevant data in agriculture.

  • Gender Info 2007
    www.devinfo.info ] Languages:  | English 
    Gender Info 2007 is a global database of gender statistics and indicators on a wide range of policy areas, including: population, families, health, education, work, and political participation. Gender Info 2007 is an initiative of the United Nations Statistics Division, produced in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNSTATS, 2007

  • Data.Worldbank.org
    data.worldbank.org ] Languages: Arabic | English | French | Spanish 
    Data.worldbank.org, launched in May 2010, offers free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics and is also available in French, Spanish, and Arabic. In addition to providing free access to a large number of development indicators which were formerly available by subscription only, the new site allows users to download entire datasets for a particular country or indicator, quickly access raw data, click a button to comment on the data, and email and share data with social media sites. The data come from many sources including the Bank's 186 member countries and more than 30 international agencies, private and NGO partners. World Bank, 2010.

  • ECLAC Gender Equality Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean
    www.cepal.org ] Languages: English | French | Portugese | Spanish 
    The initiative provides information and indicators online on the physical, economic and decision-making autonomy of women in Latin America and the Caribbean. ECLAC, 2009

  • MDG Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Progress Chart 2008
    mdgs.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    The MDG Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Progress Chart 2008, an output of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators, provides an assessment of progress towards a number of the key targets related to women’s empowerment and gender equality. Trends are assessed on the basis of data between 1990 and the most recent year for which information was available as of June 2008, when this chart was prepared. UN Statistics Division, 2008

  • Global Forum on Gender Statistics, 2009
    http://unstats.un.org/ ] Languages:  English 
    The second Global Forum on Gender Statistics took place from 26-28 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana. The documents for this meeting, including the final report, are available online.

  • Global Forum on Gender Statistics, 2007
    http://unstats.un.org/ ] Languages:  English 
    The first Global Forum on Gender Statistics took place from 10-12 December 2007 in Rome, Italy. It was organised by UNSD, DAW, UNFPA/ECE, and Italy, in collaboration with the World Bank. The documents for this meeting, including the final report, are available online.

  • United Nations Interagency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics, 2009
    http://unstats.un.org/ ] Languages:  English 
    The second Interagency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics took place on 29 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana. The documents for this meeting, including the final report, are available online.

  • Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on the Development of Gender Statistics, 2006
    http://unstats.un.org/ ] Languages:  English 
    The first Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on the Development of Gender Statistics took place from 12-14 December 2006 in New York, USA. The documents for this meeting, including the final report, are available online.

  • ESCWA Gender Statistics Programme (GSP)
    www.escwa.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    GSP aims to enhance national capabilities in the production, use and dissemination of gender statistics to lead to more effective policies promoting change for the benefit of women and the advancement of society as a whole.

  • DESA social indicators
    unstats.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    Social indicators covering a wide range of subject-matter fields are compiled by the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, from many national and international sources in the global statistical system

  • DESA Statistics Division: Gender Publications Listing
    unstats.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    This on-line publication listing is regularly updated and includes all Statistical Division publications in current use.

  • UNECE Gender Statistics Website for Europe and North America
    www.unece.org ] Languages:  English 
    The Gender Statistics Database is a central database for sex-disaggregated social data providing Common Gender Indicators for the UNECE region and the detailed data series which are used to calculate these indicators. The Database is an integral part of the UNECE/UNDP Gender Statistics Website for Europe and North America that has been developed in collaboration with National Statistical Offices in the region and UNDP.

  • UNESCAP Statistical Report Series
    www.unescap.org ] Languages:  English 
    Include gender statistics 2000 and country profiles on women in 16 countries of Asia and Pacific region

  • ESCWA statistics publications
    www.escwa.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    Includes gender statistics

  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics
    www.uis.unesco.org ] Languages:  English | French 

  • FAO: Filling the Data Gap - Gender-sensitive statistics for agricultural development
    www.fao.org ] Languages:  English 
    Publication prepared by the Statistics Division, Economic and Social Department and the Women and Population Division, Sustainable Development Department, FAO for the High-Level Consultation on Rural Women and Information, Rome, 4-6 October 1999

  • Estadísticas e indicadores de género
    www.eclac.org ] Languages:  | Spanish 
    Los Gobiernos, investigadores y personas interesadas en conocer la situación de las mujeres y los hombres de América Latina y el Caribe, encontrarán en este espacio toda la información disponible, desagregada por sexo, en cada uno de los países y una visión comparada de la región.

  • Estadísticas para la equidad de género. Magnitudes y tendencias en América Latina
    www.eclac.org ] Languages:  Spanish 
    ECLAC, 2007

  • Good Practices Database
    www.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    Good Practices in gender mainstreaming and implementing Beijing Platform for Action, the database is a project of the Inter-Agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality (IACWGE)

  • Women's Status and Children's Food Security in Pakistan
    www.wider.unu.edu ] Languages:  English 
    This article examines the role of women's intra-household status relative to men in children's food security in Pakistan. UNU-WIDER, 2006

  • Women's Status and Children's Food Security in Pakistan
    www.wider.unu.edu ] Languages:  English 
    This article examines the role of women's intra-household status relative to men in children's food security in Pakistan. UNU-WIDER, 2006

  • The Millennium Development Goals Report
    mdgs.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    Status report on progress towards the MDGs. The report presents the latest assessment on how far we have come, and how far we have to go in reaching the goals, in each of the world's regions. UN Statistics Division / DESA, 2008

  • Millennium Development Goals Indicators
    mdgs.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    The new official United Nations MDG indicators website features the new database with the most up-to-date data and metadata on MDG Indicators. UN Statistics Division / DESA, 2006 - 2008

  • ILO: Global Employment Trends for Women
    www.ilo.org ] Languages:  English 

  • e.quality@work: ILO information base on Equal Employment Opportunities
    www.ilo.org ] Languages:  English 

  • Poverty statistics
    daccess-ods.un.org ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian 
    Report of the Secretary-Generaldated 10 December 2003 prepared by DESA Statistical Division

  • DESA: Indicators for monitoring the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals
    daccess-ods.un.org ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian 
    Report of the Secretary-General including information on gender equality indicators.

  • UNESCO Education Statistics: Gender parity in education - not there yet
    www.uis.unesco.org ] Languages:  English 
    This fact sheet is based on analysis of UIS data in the 2008 edition of the EFA Global Monitoring Report1. The UIS is the main data source of the report. UNESCO, 2008


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