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  • Tackling Gender Data to Build Climate Change Resilience in Madagascar

    This year, the 66th UN Commission on the Status of Women will be held from March 14-25. The theme is “Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls in the Context of Climate Change, Environmental, and Disaster Risk Reduction Policies and Programs.” Data2X connected with Dr. Vik Mohan, director of community health at Blue Ventures to understand how gender data and sexual and reproductive health and rights can intersect to build community resilience to climate change and other crises. How is family planning linked to fostering gender equality and building resilience to climate change? Climate-related shocks and stressors can impact women’s ability to access family planning services, thereby violating their reproductive rights. Similarly, a lack of access to family planning services—and poor health, as a result—can increase the vulnerability of women and their communities to climate-related shocks and stressors. Are there any successful examples that stand out…

  • Zambia: Enabling Women’s Financial Inclusion through Data

    Women’s financial inclusion is a top priority at the global level. It contributes to economic growth, empowers women economically and supports several Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal five on gender equality. The Global Findex in 2017 showed a gender gap of seven percent globally and nine percent in developing countries, with the COVID-19 pandemic expected to have done little to narrow this divide. Bank of Zambia and other key stakeholders in the country have spent years working towards greater financial inclusion and gender equality, in line with the Zambia Vison 2030 and a national blueprint for growth. These efforts have been integrated into the country’s first national financial inclusion strategy, which aims to halve the gender gap and increase women financial inclusion to 70 percent in 2022 from 30 percent in 2015. This is aligned with the central bank’s commitment to AFI’s Denarau Action Plan, a living document that guides…

  • A New Era for Data2X

    Dear Data2X Friends and Partners,  A new year brings new opportunities, and 2022 feels particularly auspicious as it marks the tenth anniversary of Data2X. In 2012, then-Secretary of State Clinton called for the creation of Data2X, and we answered that call, building not only a vibrant organization but also a dedicated movement, persistent in its commitment to gender data as a crucial driver of equality and sustainable development. I could not be prouder of what our team, in partnership with each of you, has built over these ten years. Data2X has demystified the role of gender data in driving greater equality and expanded its reach beyond technical circles into civil society and political communities. We have mapped gender data gaps across the Sustainable Development Goals. We have built and strengthened a network of allies supporting gender data in national statistical offices, multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector, the media,…

  • 10 Years of Believing in the Power of Gender Data

    Dear Data2X Partners and Friends, As many parents say, “The days are long, but the years are short” and that rings clearer each year, especially after nearly two years of the pandemic. I feel the same as I think about Data2X, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary (tenth!) in 2022. Data2X has come a long way since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for its creation in July 2012, and I’m filled with awe, gratitude, and inspiration for what we’ve accomplished together over the past ten years. Gender data has shifted from a niche topic to a movement, and it’s all thanks to partners like you, who fundamentally believe in the power of gender data to improve people’s lives. In just one decade, we defined the gender data problem, improved data availability, and helped make gender data more of a “household name” in both domestic and global policy spaces….

  • 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…

  • Beyond the Data Set: Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders of Gender Data

    Discussions of gender data often lead quickly to technical jargon—proper disaggregation, survey enumerator training, biases in survey design, discriminatory algorithms, etc. Foreign Policy’s Her Power Summit, which took place this week, reminded us that while understanding these complex issues is of utmost importance, it is equally important to recognize the leaders charting the course towards a more data-equitable world, and the barriers those changemakers face. Shaida Badiee, Senior Advisor to Data2X and Managing Director of Open Data Watch, joined Emily Sharpe of the World Wide Web Foundation on day two of the Summit to discuss their professional and personal experiences working as women in the data and technology field, and what’s needed to harness the sector for gender equity. Before her days at the World Bank, Data2X, or Open Data Watch, Shaida Badiee was a professor at the School of Engineering at the George Washington University and ran the school’s…

  • 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…

  • New Gender Data Network Partnership to Accelerate Gender Data Production and Use

    Contact: Dilly Severin | dseverin@data2x.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Data2X and Open Data Watch today announced that the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) will become the new secretariat of the Gender Data Network (GDN). PARIS21, which helps low- and middle-income countries produce better data for better lives, was selected on the basis of its twenty-year track record of capacity strengthening among national statistical offices and for its ability to convene a wide range of stakeholders around topics of key importance such as data for gender equality.  Founded by Data2X and hosted by UNECA since its launch in 2019, the GDN works to improve the production of gender data within national statistical systems, make gender data communication more effective, and encourage greater use of gender data across countries. Members can access best practices and support to advance…

  • Gender Data Systems: Better Data for All

    Earlier this month, nearly 50,000 people from civil society organizations, governments, and corporations convened in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum to define and announce bold commitments to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across the globe. This mostly virtual forum culminated in the launch of a global 5-year action journey to accelerate gender equality by 2026 backed, for the first time ever, by significant financial resources. Forty billion dollars in new funding were committed over five years — $23 billion by the public sector, $13 billion by the private sector, $4 billion by philanthropic organizations and $1.3 billion by UN entities. Now begins the hard work of spending these resources wisely and the even harder work of tracking expenditures and measuring their impact on the lives of women and girls everywhere. Improvements in gender data, the basic units of information that are required to measure the impact of these financial commitments on gender equality, are…

  • Data2X Commits to Tracking All Gender Data Commitments to the Generation Equality Forum to Drive Action on Gender Equality

    Contact: Dilly Severin | dseverin@data2x.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC—Data2X is calling on commitment makers to the Generation Equality Forum to prioritize gender data—specifically, its collection, financing, and use—to ensure that progress on gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals is realized. At present, just 40 percent of countries have available data to track progress on the sustainable development goal related to gender equality (SDG 5) and a recent report by Data2X estimates that approximately 500 million dollars would be needed annually to fill the funding gap for core gender data systems.  The Generation Equality Forum provides an opportunity to address these longstanding gaps as well as stem the immediate social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which have disproportionately impacted women and girls and other marginalized communities.   “What is exciting about the Generation Equality Forum is that governments, donors, civil society and companies are all coming together to say a better, more equitable world is possible,” says Data2X Executive Director, Emily Courey Pryor. “However, saying is not the same thing as doing. To be more effective, and more accountable for the promises we make, we must improve gender data to have better insights and information on the…

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