Gender data is an essential tool to evaluate progress on commitments made to advance gender equality, including those related to the Generation Equality Forum, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or national-level targets. If we can’t track it, we can’t achieve it.
Similarly, the number, quality, and relevance of gender data commitments made by national governments, bilateral donors, and other stakeholders are often indications of the demand and political will for gender data. Unfortunately, gender data is frequently underprioritized in global normative processes and underutilized in national plans and policies. If we are to sustain progress on gender equality, urgent action is needed to secure the gains of the past generation and ensure an even brighter future for the next.