• Gender and Political Party Differences in U.S. Governors’ Twitter Use on COVID-19

    In the United States, governors’ recommendations and policies have played a key role in COVID-19 testing and prevention, and consequently infection and fatality rates.1,2 Policy response to COVID was strongly partisan, with Democratic-led states more likely than Republican-led states to issue prevention activity mandates (e.g., mask wearing, stay-at-home orders). Gender is also believed to have some effect on COVID-19 outcomes, based on global evidence indicating that nations led by women are more likely than nations led by men to issue stay-at-home mandates earlier and to see lower COVID-19 fatality rates.5 This type of gender analysis of political leaders has not been conducted in the U.S., a concern, given prior research suggesting that American women politicians are more likely to focus on health and welfare concerns as compared to their male counterparts.6 This study examines U.S. governors’ COVID-19 messaging on Twitter by gender and political party; we focus on Twitter given…

  • Commitment Makers Must Prioritize Gender Data throughout the Generation Equality Process

    When used to shape policies and investments, gender data has the power to accelerate gender equality. But to deliver on the promise of meaningful action and transformative change, Generation Equality stakeholders must prioritize gender data. Action Coalition leaders must ensure that data is featured throughout the finalized Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality, while commitment makers must ensure commitments are both data-driven and, where unavailable or underdeveloped, invest in the data needed to deliver on their goals. This brief analyzes the representation of gender data across the Action Coalitions, finding that of 207 total commitments, just 27 address gender data, or about 13 percent. Read the brief.

  • It’s Time to Make Bold Commitments to Gender Data

    If there were ever a moment for big, bold, and catalytic commitments to gender equality, this is it. In the lead-up to the Generation Equality Forum, we’re calling on governments, philanthropies and bilateral donors, civil society, and the private sector to make meaningful and measurable gender data commitments to accelerate global gender equality. We know that more and better data leads to equitable, gender-informed policy—and that more effective policy produces better results for countries, economies, and communities all over the world. This brief outlines the essential components of a strong gender data commitment and provides sector-specific recommendations for developing and strengthening those commitments in tandem with other global stakeholders. Read the brief.

  • Big Data and Gender in the Age of COVID-19: A Brief Series from UC San Diego

    Understanding the gendered effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging, especially due to limitations in data collection. Big data can help fill these data gaps when traditional data is lacking or unavailable by providing unique insights into a wide range of issues affecting women and girls. Researchers from the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California at San Diego (UC San Diego) have undertaken a series of briefs that analyze big data — such as, Twitter data and Google Trends — to highlight key gendered issues during the pandemic within select country contexts and to offer a “how-to” section for replication of these analyses in any country context. For each brief in the five-part series, researchers provide reproducible codes along with a description of the methodology. Briefs will be published once a month. This work was supported by a grant to UC San Diego from the…

  • 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…

  • Invest in Gender Data for COVID-19 Recovery and SDG Progress

    The collection and use of quality gender data must be a priority for governments’ COVID-19 policy response and recovery efforts. We lack the comparable data we need to track the long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on women and girls over time, even though we know that data is a powerful tool to fight the pandemic and to inform daily decisions about health, social, and economic policy. Gender data is the bedrock of evidence-based decision making and without it, policymakers, donors, and governments will be unable to create informed policies to respond and recover from the coronavirus pandemic and to make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. This brief illustrates the broad picture of current gender data needs as it relates to COVID-19 response and SDG progress, and recommends actions governments can take to fill these gaps and build a more equitable future. Read the knowledge brief. Read our blog…

  • 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.

  • COVID-19 Resources: Gender Data, Gender, and Data

    Gender data is necessary for a gender-sensitive response to COVID-19. This is true not only for alleviating the immediate health crisis but also for crafting policy measures to mitigate the long-term impacts of the pandemic on women’s livelihoods and well-being. It is crucial that gender data remain a priority commitment for the global community both before and after the current outbreak. With this in mind, Data2X is monitoring organizations currently advocating for gender data collection and use worldwide in addition to collating resources on gender and COVID-19. Data2X will undertake further analysis of longer-term impacts in the coming weeks — and in particular, consider the gender data necessary for governments to design comprehensive and gender-sensitive social and economic policy responses to the global pandemic. This compilation of gender data, gender, and data resources related to COVID-19 aims to inform policymakers, governments, decision-makers, and researchers who want to understand and respond…

  • Big Data and Gender Brief Series

    This series of briefs features the Big Data and Gender Challenge grantees.

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