It's Time to Make Bold Commitments to Gender Data

Unlocking opportunities for women, adolescents, and girls and safeguarding their rights is critical to driving recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and advancing long-term progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. After a year that widened economic disparities, exacerbated social injustice, and reversed 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.

Gender Data is Powerful

Uncovers gender inequality

Creates equitable policies

Illuminates solutions


Helps monitor progress


Mind The Gaps

Gender data is an essential tool to evaluate progress on any commitment made to advance gender equality, whether 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. However, recent estimates reveal that gender data faces consistent challenges:


In 2021, less than half of countries had data available to monitor SDG 5 (gender equality); fewer still regularly collected that data over time.


Worldwide, core gender data systems have been underfunded by roughly $450 million per year over the past six years.

Not A Strong Priority

Gender data is under prioritized in official Generation Equality materials. Here is where it’s lacking:

6%—The percent of commitments in the Generation Equality Forum commitments map that mention gender data.

16%—Economic Justice & Rights

25%—Percentage of commitments that are using gender data (yet 75% are producing it)

16%—Feminist Movements & Leadership

20%—Gender-Based Violence

16%—Bodily Autonomy & Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

20%—Technology & Innovation for Gender Equality

16%—Feminist Action for Climate Justice

We Need Bold Action to Make Gender Equality Real

Governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector must commit to:


Collect and disaggregate gender data


Fund gender data gaps


Use gender data for policymaking


Share best practices


Increase accountability for gender data

Coalition Aims to Advance Gender-Just Climate Action

Women, girls, and gender-diverse groups—especially those living in poverty—face devastating threats to their livelihoods due to the climate crisis.

Gender data is a challenge to environmentalists—it can be difficult to collect, it requires dedicated financing, and for many years, there was no clear space that brought people and resources together to address it.

This was until the Gender and Environment Data Alliance (GEDA) formed to advance gender-just climate action. Formed by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the group brings together a coalition of diverse multi-stakeholder partners to improve accessibility, understanding and application of gender-environment data.



A Gender Data Network to Drive Gender Equality, Accelerate Economic Recovery and Build Resilience

Data2X, in partnership with PARIS21, Open Data Watch, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), is pleased to formally commit the Gender Data Network (GDN), a network of gender data experts from national statistical systems in more than 20 countries, as a technical assistance partner to the W20.

In this role, the Gender Data Network will help guide the W20 to elevate gender data within its agenda, working to inform policy best practices that identify and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable, foster economic inclusion and strengthen resilience.

The lives of women and girls in all their diversity are multifaceted, as are the roles they play in their communities. As the world grapples with overlapping crises that threaten to erode decades of progress on gender equality and inclusive development, it has become clear that women and girls not only have unique needs and challenges that must be addressed, but also offer essential contributions to economic recovery and long-term resilience, advancing equity, and ending discrimination. Gender data provides a pathway for making these challenges and contributions visible.

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Microsoft Releases the Digital Civility Index

Microsoft makes bold commitments to gender data backed by concrete action.

While online safety is a concern for women and girls, access to public quality data of gendered risks on the internet has lagged behind.

Stemming from their commitment to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum, data champion Microsoft released their sixth annual study on Digital Civility as a public tool.  “Civility, Safety and Interaction Online – 2021,” records data about teens’ and adults’ experiences of online threats from the past six years, aiming to alleviate gender-specific risks such as misogyny, harassment and gender-based violence.

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