Volume 18, No.08 - August 2014

Capacity development

Strengthening capacities to produce gender statistics

Gender PacificUN DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), is organizing a workshop on Gender Statistics for countries from the Pacific regiontaking place in Nadi, Fiji, from 4 to 6 August. 

This is one of a series of workshops conducted by the Statistics Division, under the Global Gender Statistics Programme, to provide training and assistance to strengthen the capacity of countries to produce and disseminate gender statistics and to use gender statistics for policymaking.

These workshops focus primarily on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics, Time Use Statistics and Statistics on Violence against Women. They aim to promote and train national statisticians on agreed international standards, share best practices and ensure collaboration and networking among gender statisticians and other relevant stakeholders, for the production, dissemination and communication of gender statistics that are policy relevant, internationally comparable and technically sound.

The workshop for the Pacific region will assist national statisticians with translating international guidelines into practice at the national level, taking into account the specific contexts of countries in the region.

For more information:

UN DESA’s Statistics Division


Validating toolkit on disability for Africa

International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesThe Technical Cooperation Unit (TCU) of UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) will organize a workshop for the validation of the Toolkit on Disability for Africa, taking place in Addis Ababa on 5 -7 August.

The overall objective of the workshop is to validate the Toolkit on Disability for Africa, prepared as a training tool to enhance the awareness of government officials and other stakeholders in African countries about disability issues, and to increase their capacities to formulate, monitor and evaluate national policies and action plans in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

Government officials involved in formulating and implementing national disabilities policies and programmes and representatives of civil society organizations, will be invited from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. Experts from ECA, OHCHR and AU will also participate.

The main outcome of the workshop will be a Toolkit on Disability for Africa verified, enriched and completed by the participants’ experiences, and therefore validated for its employment in training workshops promoted by other future projects in Africa.

For more information:

UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development

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