• 10 Reasons We Must Urgently Fund Gender Data.

    Over the last decade, gender data has increasingly been recognized as fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. At the heart of that recognition is the acknowledgement that there can be no shared progress if we do not understand the lived experiences of women and girls in all their diversity—including their challenges and contributions. Gender data illuminates the path forward and can help ensure that the rights of all communities are upheld, protected and respected. At Data2X, that vision always been our guide star, and we are so proud of the catalytic partnerships and groundbreaking research that have allowed us to drive action to identify the most pernicious gender data gaps. None of it would have been possible without the support of our funders, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and our partners who have helped to create a movement around data-driven progress….

  • The Climate Crisis Demands Feminist Data Solutions. CSW66 is the Moment to Act.

    As 2022 begins to unfold, the world stands at a critical inflection point. At least 85% of the global population is directly affected by climate change, with women, girls, and LGBTQ+ communities experiencing distinct and differential impacts. Simultaneously, women and girls have faced serious setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic, from unprecedented and disproportionate job loss to heightened gender-based violence. As these global crises converge—and with less than a decade to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—the time for action is now.  The upcoming 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will consider environmental and disaster risk reduction for the first time in two decades. To address the urgency of this unique global moment and build on momentum gained during COP26, Member States must be poised to take bold action.  In the pursuit of climate justice for women and girls, gender data is both an enabling…

  • Five Steps to Smarter Gender Data Financing

    Accessible and timely sex-disaggregated data are critical in helping policymakers understand and address the unique challenges women and girls face. But do investments in gender statistics match their importance? PARIS21’s latest PRESS 2021 finds a stagnant trend in financing for gender-related projects in data and statistics. Apart from a boost in funding in 2015, there has been little change, with total funding hovering around USD 90 million each year since. Despite growing needs, this mirrors a similar theme in funding for total global commitments to statistics, which were equivalent to USD 647 million in 2019 and estimated to be USD 624 million in 2020. Low levels of investment, however, have not stopped advocates from continuing calls for increased funding. With the release of the annual figures on financing for statistics, it is an appropriate time to pause and reflect on what shape increased financing in gender statistics should take. Increased…

  • 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.

  • Gender Data Takes Center Stage in Historic National Gender Strategy

    Contact: Dilly Severin | dseverin@data2x.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement by Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director of Data2X, on United States National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality: “Data2X applauds the release of the United States’ first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, and the consultative process through which it was produced. An historic moment for the United States government and Americans of all genders, the Strategy’s stated whole-of-government, intersectional approach provides a basis to make meaningful progress toward gender equality at home and abroad. Gender data collection, availability, and use in policies and programs are critical to achieve the Strategy’s identified goals. Therefore, Data2X is pleased to see the administration’s commitment to a government-wide effort to close gender data gaps, affirmed by explicit targets for augmented data production across half of the plan’s strategic priorities, as well as recognition of gender data as a core pillar of implementation. As…

  • 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.

  • 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.

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