• Advancing Gender Data and Statistics in Africa

    A report for the Gender Data Network, commissioned by UNECA This report provides an overview of the activities of the Gender Data Network (GDN) since its inception in 2019. It draws upon a range of evidentiary sources, including project documents, GDN and partner publications, key informant interviews with GDN members and operating partners, as well as the transcripts of discussions. The report highlights a range of activities pursued by the GDN relating to data production and curation, as well as data communications and use. It finds that, for a network still in its comparative infancy, the GDN has had a sizeable impact in the field of gender data across Africa. Through collaboration and information-sharing, a range of innovative and experimental projects have been trialed and, where successful, replicated across countries. Furthermore, members of the GDN have gained access to a continental network of gender data practitioners, through which they have…

  • 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.

  • State of Gender Data Financing – 2021

    The lessons learned through the COVID-19 pandemic confirm the importance of and need for better gender data and the immediate need for rethinking how to increase investments in gender data. This report finds that to build and sustain core gender data systems, an additional $500 million from donors is needed every year from now through 2030. Building on our 2019 report of the same name, this report provides an assessment of the current gender data ecosystem and highlights the gap between current financing and the level of financing that is needed to fully fund gender data systems from now until 2030. It also provides an overview of the financing options available to fill these funding gaps and it concludes with suggestions on six areas of action for the way forward. Read the report.

  • Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific (Methodology)

    This report provides the methodology for our Bridging the Gap work in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Bridging the Gap Asia: 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 Asia: Key Findings and Recommendations summarizes the findings in the report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Asia and the Pacific. In this project, we 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 missing 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 from these patterns of availability? What can we learn from these five countries, including their national policies and programs, about closing systemic gender data gaps? Read the Key Findings and Recommendations. Read the full 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.

  • Strengthening Gender Measures and Data in the COVID-19 Era: An Urgent Need for Change

    COVID-19 may be gender blind, but it is not gender-neutral. Emerging evidence shows tremendous gender disparities in the health and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic, however, a lack of gender data impedes our ability to measure, preempt, and respond. Without addressing these gender data gaps and collection obstacles, we cannot fully understand or mitigate the gendered impacts of the pandemic. The collection and use of timely, quality gender data by all data sources, official or non-official, is critical to recognizing and addressing gender inequalities. This brief calls on National Statistical Systems and survey managers, funders, multilateral agencies, researchers, and policymakers to act in five key areas. This brief was co-authored with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank Group, PARIS21, UN Women, Global Health 50/50, Global Center for Gender Equality at Stanford University, the Center for Gender Equity and Health at the University of…

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Compendium of Selected Tools

    Any attempt at measurement should begin with a clear understanding of what is being measured. This is a first and major roadblock for measuring women’s economic empowerment (WEE) because the term is complex — it encompasses many dimensions of women’s economic and social lives and can (and often does) manifest itself differently in different cultures and settings. This report selects and reviews tools for measuring women’s economic empowerment (or disempowerment) grouped into 20 population monitoring tools (PM) and 15 monitoring and evaluation tools (M&E). The main objective is practical: helping readers both understand how different measurement tools are built and select among the most well-known and widely (cross-culturally) applicable PM and M&E tools for different purposes. Read the report.

  • Making Women’s Work Visible: The 19th ICLS Standards, Purpose, and Progress

    Unpaid work — such as caretaking, subsistence farming, cooking, and cleaning — overwhelmingly falls on the shoulders of women. This unpaid work is critical to the functioning of communities around the world, yet it is often overlooked in data, which limits the ability of governments to design and implement programs and policies that can strengthen women’s economic empowerment and ultimately improve their livelihoods. This report builds on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) previous reports on how new measurement approaches can help close gender data gaps in the world of work by further illustrating the differences between how women and men work and how improved measurement can support women’s economic empowerment. Read the report.

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