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  • 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…

  • Revitalizing the Roots of the Gender Data Movement: From Mexico City to Beijing and Beyond

    Time for a history pop quiz! Which United Nations World Conference on Women was the first to mention the need for better gender data? A) Beijing in 1995B) Nairobi in 1985C) Copenhagen in 1980D) Mexico City in 1975 If you answered D) Mexico City in 1975, that is correct! The Mexico City conference was the first to call for a stronger gender data agenda; however, this call has been repeated in all UN World Conference on Women reports from 1975 to 1995. With the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference next year, it’s timely to revisit the history of international consensus on gender data. Gender data is cross-cutting to the entire Beijing Platform for Action and the Platform remains revolutionary, nearly twenty-five years after its drafting. This realization is inspiring because of its radical, transformative vision, and disheartening in the face of all we have left to accomplish. Much like…

  • Gender Data: Why We’re Stuck in the What, and How to Move On

    Anyone coming to a new subject will be familiar with the feeling that everyone around you is speaking a different language. Yet there’s something particular, I think, about the words and abstract concepts surrounding the quantitative disciplines that shuts people out. It can take so long to grapple with this language and the exactitudes of the discipline, that it’s easy to lose sight of what all the effort is for. I came to statistics with no mathematics background to speak of, and in those first few months I wasn’t on a learning curve, I was on a vertical scale up a cliff face! For me, the turning point came when I was able to move out of the abstract and bring to the fore all of my questions about how societies function, particularly for women and girls. But the data to answer these questions was largely absent; I had to…

  • Cities Need Gender Data to Create Inclusive Public Spaces

    The subway train you ride to work, the sidewalks you navigate to the grocery store, and the bus you rely on to get to class on time may seem gender neutral. But gender data tells a different story. Consider a subway system without reliable elevators and escalators, prompting people with strollers—often women—to navigate crowded stairways to catch their train. Or a street with minimal lighting, forcing late-night commuters to take longer routes home to avoid darker, less safe paths. When public officials design cities without fully accounting for the ways women, men, and nonbinary people move differently through public spaces, the impacts can range from inconvenient to fatal. Fortunately, gender mainstreaming in city planning is gaining momentum worldwide, prompting officials to understand and respond the varied needs of populations in their communities—a task they can’t undertake without good gender data. Making Public Spaces Work for Women Few cities have gender…

  • A Home for All Things Gender Data: Introducing Data2X’s New Website

    Data2X looks a lot different now than we did at our beginning in 2012.

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