PARIS21 and UN Women's comprehensive framework to assess data and capacity gaps in gender statistics supports national statistical offices to mainstream gender statistics in national statistical systems (NSS). The assessment report resulting from the application of this framework is intended to inform national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS).
What does the framework do?
- Adopts a comprehensive, granular and holistic approach to the capacity of the national statistical system to produce and communicate quality gender statistics that meet users' needs.
- Uncovers the various motivations and political dimensions that influence the capacity to deliver quality gender statistics.
- Highlights the soft skills of individuals, like teamwork and leadership: capabilities that prove decisive in gender statistics, but that are often given low priority.
- Proposes a sustainable way to promote the production and use of gender statistics across the NSS by providing a solid basis for the formulation of NSDS.
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The assessment process proposed in the Framework is a comprehensive evaluation, cutting across all domains of the NSS and compatible with the NSDS process. Gender-specific strategies need to be integrated in the NSDS is to secure better political support, prioritisation and funding. This approach assumes the widespread and active participation of various country stakeholders involved in the production, communication and use of gender statistics.
The framework devotes special attention to the use of gender statistics by lawmakers, media, private sector and civil society organisations (CSOs), in recognition of the important role of these statistics in evidence-based policy making and policy monitoring, enhancing transparency and good governance, and supporting societal change.
Read our assessment of nine countries' gender production and use - Counting on Gender Data: Findings from Gender Statistics Assessments in Nine Countries