More from UNDESAVol 25 No. 10 - October 2020

Tracking data on gender equality

What are the latest data on women and what do they tell us about the state of gender equality in the world? In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25), UN DESA’s Statistics Division will hold the technical launch of the Secretary-General’s flagship report “The World’s Women 2020: Trends and Statistics (WW2020)” on 20 October 2020 at the third Virtual United Nations World Data Forum.

In line with the previous editions of The World’s Women series produced at five-year intervals, WW2020 presents the latest assessment of progress towards gender equality and empowerment of women and girls since 1995, analyzing women’s situation compared to men’s worldwide.

“The report is produced with innovation at its core,” said Francesca Grum, Chief of Social and Gender Statistics in the Statistics Division, who has overseen the production of WW2020. “We wanted to improve the user experience by moving away from a physical publication to an online platform. This will provide easy navigation and search features across gender stories and related data to help users explore the report’s content from different perspectives, including by major thematic areas and special geographic regions.”

Reaching out to the broader public, WW2020 is a collection of around 100 brief stories that will provide easy-to-read, non-technical narratives with the latest statistics on critical gender issues grouped under the following themes: population and families, health, education, economic empowerment and asset ownership, power and decision-making and violence against women and the girl child. Additionally, for the first time, users will be able to unpack and query the report’s content by special focus areas intersecting with gender, including: Covid-19, ethnicity, persons with disabilities, youth, older persons, income, indigenous peoples, urban/rural areas.

The report is the outcome of unprecedented collective efforts, involving a multitude of contributors that have collaborated with the Statistics Division over the past year, including more than 30 national statistical offices, regional commissions and members of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics. The collaboration has enabled WW2020 to zoom into gender data also at the national and sub-national levels, unlocking additional spatial insights for selected countries.

The World’s Women 2020: Trends and Statistics (WW2020) will become available on the website of UN DESA’s Statistics Division.

Photo: UN Women Moldova/Diana Savina

 

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