Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Gaps and Exploring Solutions

Mar 2019 07
New York City


Alongside the 50th Session of the UN Statistical Commission, Data2X and Open Data Watch co-hosted a side event at the Ford Foundation.

This event marked the launch of the report, Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa, which maps actionable solutions for both the data and policy communities to fill gender data gaps.

We brought together key agencies working to close gender data gaps at the national, regional and global levels to assess progress to date and signpost upcoming activities and potential areas of collaboration.

Speakers included:

  • Rachael Beaven, Data Revolution Lead, UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Oliver Chinganya, Director, African Centre for Statistics, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Mercy Kanyuka, Commissioner of Statistics, National Statistics Office of Malawi
  • Nomthandazo Malambo, Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • El Iza Mohamedou, Deputy Secretariat Manager, PARIS21
  • Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X
  • Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women
  • Omar Seidu, Social Statistician, Ghana Statistical Service
  • Rachel Snow, Chief of Population and Development Branch, UNFPA

Notable anecdotes:

  • “Gender data has found a more prominent place on the global stage, like UNSC, HLPF, and also popular consciousness…But it is not just a trend or talking point, it’s essential for progress.” – Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X
  • “We need to move away from a narrative of blame when communities don’t register CRVS data; we need to understand and encourage them to register by collecting rich ethnographic data that can help us understand their lives realities.” – Thando Malambo, Program Officer, IDRC
  • “We need to bring gender specialists and statisticians into the same conversation to help bridge gender data gaps.” – Mercy Kanyuka, Commissioner of Statistics, National Statistics Office of Malawi

Read Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Africa here.

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