Gender statistics – for good measure

Over 150 statistics experts from around 40 countries will assemble in Tokyo from 14 to 16 November to discuss ways of improving data for evidenced-based gender policies. Coming on the heels of the UN World Data Forum, the 7th Global Forum on Gender Statistics will seek ways of filling the gender data gaps through international statistical standards and methods, latest technologies and by sharing best practices.

The adoption in 2015 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) brought with it an unprecedented demand for data – both in terms of quantity and quality. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development turned the world’s attention to the (in)availability of data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status and disability to ensure that everyone, including all women and girls, are accounted for.

“With a stand-alone goal on gender equality and almost a third of indicators relevant for gender analysis, it has also put significant pressure on countries’ statistical capacity to fulfil new SDGs’ gender data requirements,” said Stefan Schweinfest, Director of UN DESA’s Statistics Division, which is organizing the Forum, in collaboration with the Government of Japan.

“It is expected that this will translate into an increased demand for high-quality gender statistics that are produced regularly and that provide solid and objective evidence on the status of women compared to men,” he added.

Bringing together producers and users of gender statistics from national and international statistical offices and other government agencies, international organizations, academia, civil society and the donor community, the Global Forum on Gender Statistics is a prime platform for finding and sharing solutions for bridging the gender data gap.

The Forum participants will review methodological developments, take stock of national, regional and international practices and strategies and discuss effective communication methods. They will focus on the priority themes of women’s economic empowerment through gender equality at work and through asset ownership and entrepreneurship; measuring unpaid work and time use; gender, climate change and the environment; gender equality and human rights; and international migration and gender.

In addition, the Forum will highlight non-traditional data sources and innovative methods, such as the use of satellite, mobile phone and internet activity data, to fill the gender data gaps.

The Forum will be preceded by the 12th Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics (IAEG‑GS) on 13 November, also held in Tokyo.

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