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Statistics Forum Launches Gender Indicators Portal (02/11/2016)

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Finland organized the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics under the Global Gender Statistics Programme and guidance from the Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS). The Forum was held in Helsinki, Finland from 24 to 26 October 2016 and focused on data and statistical methods for the follow up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators framework, from a gender perspective.

The Forum followed the International Day of the Girl Child, for which the 2016 theme focused on better and more data to support progress for girls.

The Forum considered national experiences and best practices in producing gender statistics, and reviewed data availability and data gaps on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Participants discussed SDG indicators related to several themes:

  • women’s economic empowerment (SDGs 1, 5, 8);
  • women and girls in international migration (SDGs 8, 10);
  • violence against women and girls (SDGs 5, 11, 16);
  • unpaid work (SDG 5);
  • women’s political participation, including at the local level (SDG 5);
  • and women’s health (SDGs 3, 5).

Sessions also addressed: asset ownership and entrepreneurship from a gender perspective and women’s engagement in agriculture; administrative data and geospatial information systems for gender data; gender indicators frameworks and data disaggregation; and international initiatives on gender statistics.(IISD)

UNSD launched a Minimum Set of Gender Indicators Portal at the Forum that allows users to explore indicators by the following categories: economic structures, participation in productive activities and access to resources; education; health and related services; public life and decision-making; and human rights of women and girl children.

The Portal displays the minimum set of gender indicators agreed upon by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), which includes 52 quantitative indicators and 11 qualitative indicators on national norms and laws on gender equality. Users can also display SDG indicators by their Tier classification and leading agencies, and explore or download relevant data and metadata files.

The Global Gender Statistics Programme and the UNSD organized the Forum with guidance from the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics and in collaboration with Statistics Finland.