Big Data and Gender Brief Series

Topic: Big Data
Type: Knowledge Brief
Author: data Date: September 2019

How can insights from big data be used to improve understanding of the lived realities of women and girls?

In September 2017, Data2X awarded grants to ten research projects through the Big Data and Gender Challenge. These projects were selected from a pool of over 125 proposals. They represented 29 researchers, from 20 institutions, across 8 countries, but they all had one common goal: to apply big data innovations to fill gender data gaps and improve understanding on key aspects of girls’ and women’s lives.

The “Big Data and Gender Brief Series” includes briefs summarizing the main findings and implications of each of the projects funded through the Big Data and Gender Challenge. New briefs will be added throughout the months of September and October.

Using mobile phone records, this project examines the gendered aspects of mobility in Chile, and concludes that this data can help policymakers design more gender-inclusive urban transport systems. Read this brief.

This project examines how mobile phone data can highlight gendered educational inequalities by predicting net primary enrollment rates of children in Pakistan, which can help redirect policy attention towards areas with persistent gender inequalities in education. Read this brief.

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