• Transforming the Data Landscape: Solutions to Close Gender Data Gaps

    Despite decades of investment in promoting gender equality, gender data gaps continue to impede understanding of the lived experiences of women and girls. A lack ofsex-disaggregated data encumbers efforts to craft and monitor the effectiveness ofevidence-based policies that address gender inequalities. Moreover, even where thesedata are available, they are often underutilized. Transforming the Data Landscape: Solutions to Close Gender Data Gaps shifts the conversation from identifying gender data problems to finding practical solutions to gender data gaps. This report and the accompanying Gender Data Solutions Inventory document innovative solutions that have emerged in the last five years. The inventory catalogs 142 solutions that are practical and, in many instances, scalable across six development sectors(economic opportunity, education, environment, health, human security and public participation). It also includescross-domain solutions focused on improving the governance of statistical systems andencouraging the use of data and statistics by policymakers and the public. Read the report.

  • Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Asia and the Pacific

    Where are there gaps in gender data in five countries in Asia and the Pacific, why do these gaps occur, and what can be done to fill them? This is the third report in our Bridging the Gap series, building on our 2019 report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa, and our 2020 report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a geographic focus on five countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It highlights the availability of gender data in Armenia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Samoa, and it assesses the availability of 98 gender indicators, their disaggregations, and their frequency of observation in international and national databases and publications. Additionally, in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the report reviews national gender equality plans and policies in the five focus…

  • The Landscape of Big Data and Gender: A Data2X Update

    The motivating belief of Data2X is that greater capture, analysis, and use of data catalyzes gender equality. Over the last several years, Data2X has investigated the role of “big data” in filling gendered knowledge gaps by funding ten research projects that analyzed the potential of big data to quantify the economic, social, and health status of women and girls. The findings of those projects are summarized in our report Big Data, Big Impact? Towards Gender-Sensitive Data Systems. Building on this work, this report: 1) highlights the ongoing research of five Data2X grantee partners; 2) reviews other innovative studies at the intersection of big data and gender carried out in the last several years; and 3) draws out six global observations about trends in big data and gender that are most relevant to vulnerable women and girls. Read the report.

  • Bridging the Gap Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Findings and Recommendations

    How can we understand, identify, and respond to the ongoing challenge of producing policy-relevant data about the lives of women and girls? Bridging the Gap Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Findings and Recommendations summarizes the findings in the report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Latin America and the Caribbean. This report builds upon our original Mapping Gender Data Gaps report published in 2014 and our 2019 technical report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa, but with a geographic focus on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Through this project, Data2X set out to answer the following questions: Which domains of women’s and girls’ lives do we understand well from existing data, and which remain unclear because of lacking or poor quality data? What are the sources of available data and where can they be found in national and international databases? What can we learn…

  • Gender Data for Generation Equality: A Brief Series

    In 1995, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, world leaders made ground-breaking commitments to advance women’s rights through the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—one of the most progressive roadmaps for gender equality to date. 25 years later, the fight for gender equality is far from over. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Beijing and stimulate renewed action and progress on gender equality, the Generation Equality Forum launched six thematic Action Coalitions designed to “advance new partnerships, implement targeted solutions, and report annually on progress towards collectively envisaged change” between 2021–2026. Quality gender data is fundamental across each Action Coalition and it must underscore Generation Equality efforts to catalyze progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, deliver results, and ultimately improve the lives of women and girls. In this brief series, Data2X is calling on Action Coalition leaders to: Use gender data to inform blueprints and concrete actions;…

  • Data2X’s COVID-19 Work

    The coronavirus pandemic is shining a light on something we’ve known for a long time: we need comprehensive gender data to inform better public policy, improve lives, and make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals; however, much of this data is either missing, incomplete, or biased. We now know that the coronavirus pandemic, much like other pandemics before it, discriminates — and it’s women and girls who bear the brunt of this impact. Through our COVID-19-related work, we are highlighting the gendered impacts of the pandemic and the gender data needed to inform successful response and recovery efforts in the short- and long-term. Data2X’s COVID-19 Work Tracking COVID-19 Gender Data, Gender, and Data Resources In March 2020, in response to the growing severity of the coronavirus pandemic, we started a webpage to aggregate gender data, gender, and data resources and calls-to-action related to COVID-19. This resource compilation page seeks to…

  • Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Where are there gaps in gender data in five Latin American and Caribbean countries, why do these gaps occur, and what can be done to fill them? This report builds on our 2019 technical report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa, but shifts the geographic focus to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It reports on the availability of gender data in Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Paraguay at the international, national, and microdata levels, and it assesses the availability of 93 gender indicators, their disaggregations, and their frequency of observation in international and national databases and publications. Additionally, with the assistance of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), the report documents the availability of statistical indicators to support gender development plans in the five countries. Through this report, we hope to help move the development community one step closer to producing…

  • Tracking the Gender Impact of COVID-19: An Indicator Framework

    This resource reviews how well we can track the gender impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Mapping Gender Data Gaps: An SDG Era Update

    Where has there been progress toward filling gender data gaps? What gaps remain? In 2014, Data2X published a foundational mapping of gender data gaps across five key areas of development: health, education, economic opportunities, political participation, and human security. Since that time, the global development agenda shifted from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), igniting a renewed focus and commitment to gender data. Given these changes and with only ten years left to deliver on the SDGs, Data2X sought to update our analysis of the state of gender data, examining whether progress has been made on gender data gaps across the original five sectors, and additionally examining the state of gender data in another area: environment. Through this report, we aim to answer the following questions: Where have we made progress toward filling gender data gaps? What new gender data gaps have emerged as new…

  • Big Data, Big Impact? Towards Gender-Sensitive Data Systems

    How can insights drawn from big data sources improve understanding about the lives of women and girls? This question has underpinned Data2X’s groundbreaking work at the intersection of big data and gender — work that funded ten research projects that examined the potential of big data to fill the global gender data gap. Big Data, Big Impact? Towards Gender-Sensitive Data Systems summarizes the findings and potential policy implications of the Big Data for Gender pilot projects funded by Data2X, and lays out five cross-cutting messages that emerge from this body of work: Big data offers unique insights on women and girls. Gender-sensitive big data is ready to scale and integrate with traditional data. Identify and correct bias in big datasets. Protect the privacy of women and girls. Women and girls must be central to data governance. This report argues that the time for pilot projects has passed. Data privacy concerns…

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