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Focus On: Gender Data
This focus area, powered by UN Women, highlights how data is being used to inform policy and advocacy to advance gender equality. Gender data is crucial to make every woman and girl count. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking
Women face substantial limitations in accessing digital tools. But existing initiatives offer practical guidance to companies that want to support gender equality in the platform economy, writes Charlotte Ntim of the International Finance Corporation.
The data will allow policymakers to compare women’s empowerment in Kenya with other countries and design programs, laws, and policies to close the gender gap, says Maureen Gitonga, gender statistics program specialist at UN Women.
Almost 2 million women and girls have been unable to access Marie Stopes International’s services in the first six months of 2020. The organization estimates that this could result in 3,100 additional maternal deaths.
Time use surveys routinely show that women perform more unpaid care work at home than men. These findings do not always translate into policy action — but the data is becoming more important than ever during the global health crisis.
The "Pacific Roadmap on Gender Statistics" provides the region with a toolkit to support the collection of better quality sex-disaggregated data. Devex takes a look at how the roadmap will be implemented in Micronesia and Palau.
COVID-19 has surfaced long standing fault lines in the way health care is provided and managed. Women’s limited access to testing, in particular, threatens to undermine the global goal of universal health coverage, write two global health experts.
Incomplete data during the COVID-19 pandemic poses terrifying consequences for women. A global response will require filling those data gaps so that “unknowns become knowns,” write two experts from Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity.
A surge in violence has made it harder for organizations to reach vulnerable populations — and to collect data. Nuanced information is more critical than ever to protect against worsening gender inequalities, humanitarians tell Devex.
UN Women rolled out surveys in multiple countries in Asia and the Pacific just weeks after the pandemic was declared. Statistics specialist Sara Duerto Valero explains how the agency was able to act so quickly, and what the data reveals so far about the impacts of the crisis on men and women.
Twenty-five years after committing to action on gender equality, global data suggests that there have been achievements in education, health, and rights for girls. But delving deeper shows the inequality within these numbers.
Several groups with a focus on risk reduction are pushing to increase women’s involvement — a key priority of the United Nations' Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction — and to close the gender data gap to better inform efforts moving forward.
Instead of 100 datasets, GovLab co-founder Stefaan Verhulst says he would rather have 100 questions. The research center’s new initiative seeks to identify the world’s most pressing problems and then create data collaboratives to solve them.