A worldwide lack of gender data is leaving women and girls behind
Gender data gaps exist across the world, in countries of all income levels; and data for reporting on SDG 5 (gender equality) lags behind all other SDGs, with only 56% of indicators covered through existing data. Although coverage is improving, in 2022, UN Women projected it would take 22 years to close the SDG gender data gap, making it difficult to assess and monitor the direction and pace of progress for women and girls.
Fostering gender-responsive statistical systems
PARIS21 helps countries to mainstream gender into national statistics through strategic planning, research, training, and capacity development, shaping national discussions and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By integrating gender into the statistical process, PARIS21 enables NSOs to assess gender data collection and identify gaps relating to missing gender-related indicators and capacities with a broader range of stakeholders, including ministries in charge of advancing gender equality or local feminist organisations. This approach facilitates data-driven policymaking that is rooted in local approaches to tackle gender inequalities hindering progress towards the SDGs.
Assessing gender data gaps and mainstreaming gender in statistical planning
Developing gender-responsive statistical systems begins with planning. Gender mainstreaming in the NSDS provides the foundation to close gender data gaps, upskill staff, mobilise resources and forge collaborations to advance gender data production and impact. As part of the original PARIS21-UN Women collaboration under “Women Count”, PARIS21 developed and piloted a novel framework to assess gender data and capacity at the country level to inform national strategies for the development of statistics (NSDS).
Following the inaugural pilots the PARIS21 tools and frameworks in nine countries, PARIS21 consolidated cross-cutting lessons and insights in a global report, Counting on Gender Data, calling for further efforts to work with the grain of national priorities, invest in gender data champions, mobilise resources, and connect gender data to gender equality agendas to scale efforts towards gender mainstreaming in statistics.
Leveraging a suite of targeted tools and guidance, PARIS21 continues to support countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean to assess gender statistics and advance gender mainstreaming in statistical development.
Understanding how gender data are used to drive action and change
Efforts to invest in gender data capacity and close gender data gaps are only impactful insofar as gender data is used. Connecting the production and use of gender data is vital to ensure that gender data solutions support better policies for better lives.
PARIS21 is working in collaboration with the Gates Foundation, UN Women, and Global Affairs Canada to develop new analytical products, tools, and training initiatives that address this critical gap. In addition to tracking use of gender data in policy documents using innovative text mining techniques, PARIS21 is developing country studies, cross-country measures, and flagship reports to unpack the dynamics of gender data use and impact and pilot new capacity development initiatives to connect gender data users and producers.
Training media and statisticians to improve dissemination and communication of gender statistics
As key intermediaries between NSOs and the public, media and journalists are vital interlocuters to enable gender data uptake and use. PARIS21 has developed in-person and online training to forge closer ties between statisticians and journalists in order to better disseminate and use gender statistics to the public. By targeting statisticians’ ability to provide data and statistics that are useable by media and journalists, and journalists ability to find and understand statistics media coverage and use of gender statistics increases.
An e-learning module on communicating gender statistics for journalists and producers of statistics is available via the PARIS21 Academy.
Tracking and mobilising more and better financing for gender data and statistics
Despite an urgent need for more and better gender data, domestic resources and international support for gender data and statistics are scarce. As we progress through the SDG Decade of Action, mobilising more and better funding is vital to close gender data gaps and enable evidence-informed action to leave no one behind.
PARIS21 and its partners are working together to increase awareness of the gender data financing gap and identify emerging solutions through data, analysis, and advocacy. Trends in gender data financing are regularly monitored in the PARIS21 Partner Report on Support for Statistics (PRESS) and the Bern Network’s Clearinghouse Gender Channel. PARIS21 continues to expand on these insights through direct engagement with countries to cost gender data strategies and design strategies for resource mobilisation.
Discover PARIS21's e-learning courses on communicating gender statistics
Read our findings from gender statistics assessments
Learn more about gender data financing through our recent Solutions in Scarcity event series