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  • Gender Tools for Understanding the Nexus of Climate Change and Gender

    Cross-posted from EMERGE at UC San Diego. The climate crisis is not gender neutral. The impact of climate change amplifies gender inequalities and continues to pose a disproportionate risk to women and girls, their health, wellbeing, and safety. This year, the theme of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) event centered on achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies, and programs. Despite increasing evidence that women and girls disproportionately suffer from climate change and environmental disasters, persistent gender data gaps hinder our understanding of how climate change escalates social, political, and economic tensions through a gender lens. On March 22nd, the EMERGE project at the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at UC San Diego joined Data2X and the World Bank at CSW to discuss the challenges of understanding the nexus of gender and the environment and possible tools that individuals can use to close these knowledge gaps. Below,…

  • New Report Identifies Practical Gender Data Solutions to Drive Gender Equality and Build Resilience.

    A new report identifies gender data solutions across six key areas to drive the achievement of the SDGs.

  • A Call to Improve the Quality and Transparency of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality Indexes

    This blog is cross-posted from the Center for Global Development. As gender equality has gained increased prominence as an important human rights and global development priority, our teams at CGD and Data2X have seen a proliferation of reports, tools, and indexes that seek to track countries’ progress (or lack thereof) in improving various women’s economic empowerment and gender equality outcomes. In a joint paper, Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Compendium of Selected Tools, we reviewed 20 of these indexes (which we refer to as “population monitoring” or “PM” tools in the report) to better understand the information they reflect and the way they were developed. Since the compendium’s publication, CGD and Data2X launched a learning collaborative on women’s economic empowerment measurement. Through the collaborative’s work, we have taken a deeper dive into a subset of these indexes—those with the most complete and transparent information—with the aim of identifying how these and the…

  • Take Action on Gender Data for Climate Justice

    On March 23 from 9AM to 9PM EDT, Data2X will partner with ARROW, DIVA, IUCN, IWDA, Open Data Watch, PARIS21, WEDO and Women Deliver for a 12-hour Tweetathon underscoring the importance of gender data at CSW66 and beyond. This Twitter campaign will be divided into themed sections — ranging from the necessity of gender data for climate justice, to the importance of youth and feminist leadership in addressing the gendered impacts of climate change. Schedule of Events (EST): 9am-11am — Why gender data is needed for climate justice11am-1pm — What does feminist climate action mean to you?1pm-4pm — Resources tweet chain4pm-5pm — Happy hour5pm-7pm — What works for building climate resilience7pm-9pm — The future we want Use These Tweets to Join the Conversation 📊 Key #GenderData on how girls & women experience #ClimateChange is missing. At #CSW66, the world must commit to financing, collecting, & using gender data to build…

  • 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….

  • Building Metrics for the US National Gender Strategy: From Aspiration to Action

    Cross-posted with the Center for Global Development. With the Biden-Harris administration’s release of the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, the United States has taken an unprecedented step in seeking to close gender gaps at home and abroad. In light of persistent gender inequalities, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers across the globe need to ensure an inclusive recovery: one that makes gender equality central to building back better and to long-term development efforts. The strategy is an important step toward achieving this goal. The White House Gender Policy Council, working collaboratively across federal agencies, must now ensure that the aspirational vision presented in the strategy is translated into concrete action. This will require specific, well-defined metrics of success. Here we offer some suggestions for how appropriate metrics can be developed at the agency level and applied across agencies to track the US government’s progress in implementing the new gender…

  • Take Action with Us on COP26 Gender Day

    Help Us Raise the Profile of Gender Data’s Importance to Addressing Climate Change On November 9, Data2X in partnership with EM2030, Open Data Watch, PARIS21 and Women Deliver will be using Gender Day to draw attention to the need for gender-responsive climate and environmental strategies grounded in gender data. Taking effective climate action for women, girls and gender non-conforming people in all their intersecting identities worldwide requires us to understand the gendered impacts of climate change. But we can’t do this without gender data. And right now, important gender data on how girls, women and other marginalized communities experience climate change is missing. This Gender Day at COP26, the world must commit to financing, collecting, & using gender data to build smarter policies. When November 9, 2021 From 8:00AM to 11:00AM EST (1:00PM – 6:00PM GMT) We’ll be tweeting under the #genderdata and #ActOnTheGAP hashtags Join the conversation and spread…

  • No Economic Recovery Or Crisis Resilience Without Gender Data

    Contact: Dilly Severin |   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NO ECONOMIC RECOVERY OR CRISIS RESILIENCE WITHOUT GENDER DATA WASHINGTON, DC—As world leaders prepare to gather for the G20 Summit from October 30-31, Data2X is releasing two new reports that can assist leaders in crafting gender-sensitive responses to stimulating economic recovery and building the resilient data systems they are founded on—especially in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Around the world, the effects of COVID-19 have disproportionately affected women, girls, and marginalized communities. For example, while women comprise 39 percent of global employment, they represent 54 percent of pandemic-related job losses. Similarly, women-owned businesses were 1.4 times more vulnerable to closure than men-owned businesses as a result of COVID-19. These stark realities make the need for gender-sensitive and gender-data-informed recovery responses critical at a time when national data collection is disrupted, and during which National Statistical Offices are reporting…

  • Join Us at the World Data Forum

    Data2X is co-hosting two virtual events during the 2021 UN World Data Forum. Register today! Bridging the Gap for Gender DataOn October 4, Bridging the Gap: Forging Networks to Address Gender Data Gaps, co-hosted by Data2X and UN Women, will highlight the power of networks and multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive action on gender data—with specific attention to how they can generate technical, capacity building, networking, financing and data accessibility solutions. Latest Trends in Big Data and GenderOn October 5, Data2X and the GovLab at NYU are co-hosting Digital Data for Gender Equality: The Next Generation. The event will explore the specific opportunities and insights big data can provide to advance gender equality and improve the lives of women and girls, with a focus on the critical next steps needed to make these insights actionable. Register for the World Data Forum today to save your spot! Already registered? Log on to…

  • Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Takeaways from a Meeting of Researchers and Practitioners

    Cross-posted from The Center for Global Development. The rhetoric around women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in global development is finally being translated into action. Development organizations are using this objective to guide operations and exploring ways to measure impact by integrating WEE indicators into project results frameworks. But which WEE indicators should be used? There is no easy answer to this question, since selecting and harmonizing core WEE indicators remains a major challenge for development organizations. This is partly because women’s economic empowerment is intrinsically difficult to measure. WEE has objective (e.g., increased income) and subjective (e.g., improvements in self-confidence) dimensions that both need to be captured, so a single indicator in a project results framework is often not enough. Further, how WEE manifests can vary significantly across contexts and cultures, increasing the challenge of identifying common (rather than customized) WEE indicators to apply across projects, sectors, regions or (even) organizations….

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