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  • The Power of Networks: Advancing Gender Data and Statistics in Africa

    This blog was cross posted from the Open Data Watch website. As we move closer to 2030, it is important to reflect on our progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which is not possible without accurate, timely, and high-quality gender data. Capacity constraints, lack of political will, and inefficient funding, however, hamper a country’s ability to monitor and enact inclusive development policies. Cross-country knowledge exchange, focusing on national staff in charge of data, is an important mechanism to address these challenges. Such exchanges can create a learning network to apply and scale good practices to produce, analyze, and use gender data. This is most evident through the experience of the Gender Data Network (GDN). Founded in 2019, the GDN is a joint initiative between the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Data2X, PARIS21, and Open Data Watch (ODW). The GDN organizes a range of events to bring together gender data…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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….

  • 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…

  • 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,…

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