• Persistent Gaps in Gender Data Will Challenge Movement from Zero Draft Rhetoric to Action

    This year, the 66th Commission on the Status of Women will review climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs. Indeed, climate and environmental crises exacerbate gender inequality and pose some of the greatest threats to sustainable development of our time. As the world shifts from recognition to policy implementation, the time to act in service of gender-environment data is now. The 66th Commission on the Status of Women: An Opportunity for Action The annual Secretary General’s report on the priority theme reveals the wide-ranging gendered impacts of climate change, disasters and recent environmental trends. Addressing any of the challenges noted by the Secretary General—and successfully implementing any of the draft agreed conclusions—will require dedicated focus and investment in gender data, both to develop a baseline and deliver progress. This is especially true of the gender-environment nexus, where challenges in generating robust data  have led to persistent gaps…

  • Gender Data to Achieve U.S. Policy Objectives: Evaluating the United States’ National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality

    A HISTORIC LEADERSHIP MOMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES ON GENDER AND MEASUREMENT  On October 22, the Biden-Harris Administration released the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. Both the Strategy and the Gender Policy Council, which is responsible for guiding its development and now implementation, were mandated by Executive Order. The FY2022 President’s Budget Request, which seeks to advance equity across government, further signals the administration’s priorities, including a 45% international affairs funding increase for gender-related programs focused on addressing gender-based violence, advancing women’s political leadership and participation, and promoting women’s economic empowerment. However, the National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality is perhaps the Biden-Harris Administration’s strongest statement yet—not only of a new era of United States leadership on issues of gender, but also of a return to domestic and foreign policymaking grounded in data and evidence.  Read the full analysis.

  • Solutions for Building Resilient Gender Data Systems

    The COVID-19 pandemic has stagnated—and in some areas reversed—hard-won progress on gender equality. Nearly two years after the virus first emerged, we still struggle to answer basic questions about the status and welfare of women and girls. This crisis has spotlighted what the global community has long known: there continue to be major gaps in gender data and shortfalls in the financing needed to enable countries to fill those gaps. These gaps have enormous implications for our capacity to support women and girls, creating a pertinent case for addressing shortfalls at the local, national, and global levels. Overcoming disparities and improving women’s health, economic opportunities, and human capital are particularly important for charting a path out of the current crisis. As the international community continues to assess, address, and attempt to recover from the pandemic, we cannot neglect the unique needs of women and girls. Nor can we allow these…

  • 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…

  • Measuring women’s paid and unpaid care work under ICLS 19

    This policy brief explores the gender implications of the first internationally agreed-upon statistical definition of ‘work’.

  • Why Women’s Financial Inclusion Data Pays

    This policy brief explains how gender data can help ensure women are financially included.

  • Valuing Women’s Unpaid Care and Household Work: The Policy Potential of Time Use Data

    This policy brief outlines the many ways time use data can inform policy.

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