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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
As the world struggles to emerge from COVID-19 and the shadow pandemic of violence against women, UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office Director Björn Andersson calls on all governments to adopt an integrated four-step strategy.
As some in-person data collection resumes — with masked researchers at a safe distance — organizations are beginning to evaluate which of the gender data collection methods adopted in crisis should remain.
Participatory data collection allows women to become directly engaged in the development and execution of surveys and other methods. But the work is also time-consuming, dependent on political will, and still the exception to the rule, experts say.
Against a backdrop of uneven progress toward equality for women and girls, data and development professionals call for greater investment to ensure COVID-19 recovery includes gender in decision-making.
The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker aims to monitor progress and share best practices in order to support countries in developing social protection and employment responses that prioritize gender equality.
The high variability in sex-disaggregated data is a major obstacle to both national analyses and intercountry comparisons, according to partners involved in the creation of a new, open-access COVID-19 dashboard on sex and gender.
For every 100 men aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty in 2021, there will be 118 women living on $1.90 or less per day, according to a new U.N. report. The findings offer one of the first insights into the pandemic's gendered — and long-term — impacts.
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.
Women Count is UN Women's gender data programme, created to improve how gender data is produced, used and shared, so that all women and girls are counted. Data.unwomen.org