Policy making affects men and women differently
From health and employment, to housing, education, and transport, men, women, boys and girls are always affected differently by policies. In order to ensure that the needs of all citizens are understood and taken into account, policy making needs to incorporate data at every stage of the policy-making cycle. Societies need this information at different levels, including within ministries as well as academia, media and civil society organisations.
Ensuring that gender data production is adequate for policy making needs, and that data are easily accessible and useable, requires different communities to come together to discuss their needs and objectives as well as how their respective roles in evidence-driven policy making.
Maldives is advocating for more gender data use to tackle inequalities between men and women
The Maldives Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Social and Family Development have been a driving force for the better use of gender data in the Maldives for policy making that supports a more equitable society. With support from PARIS21, Maldives launched an in-depth study in May 2023 to discover more about the role of gender data within national policy making.
This workshop in December 2023, was an opportunity to engage stakeholders from across sectors and institutions to validate the provisional results of the joint study and move towards a roadmap for enhanced gender data use. The second day event was dedicated to a high-level discussion to advocate for change, leveraging on the findings. The keynote address was delivered by First Lady Sajidha Mohamed, following opening remarks by Ali Haidar Ahmed, Minister of Housing, Land and Urban Development. Their respective contributions show the prominent and wide-ranging support for gender data use in the Maldives.
From discussion to action
The final results of the study will be published in a joint report from the Maldives Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and PARIS21. The findings will be accompanied by localised, detailed recommendations for enhanced gender data use in the country, developed with the participants of the validation workshop.
These actionable recommendations mark not the closing of a project, but rather the beginning of a collaborative culture of evidence-informed policymaking for a gender equitable Maldives.