United Nations Foundation
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.
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Women, Girls & Population
Addressing the needs and rights of women and girls across the globe is essential to alleviating poverty, achieving social justice, and accelerating progress on all of our global development goals. The UN Foundation believes that empowering women and girls with educational and economic opportunities and securing their health and human rights is one of the best investments we can make for families, communities, and the world. We work with the UN and our NGO, corporate and government partners to promote gender equality; advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (including family planning); advocate for increased resources and funding for programs and activities benefitting adolescent girls; eliminate gender-based violence; combat climate change; and improve maternal health care using integrated health systems and mobile technology. When progress is made in improving the rights of women and girls, our world thrives.
Data 2X: Mapping Gender Data Gaps
Data2X was launched in July 2012 and is an effort by the UN Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the US Government to address the gap in global sex disaggregated data through a combination of data review and assessment, partnership and advocacy. Improved gender data will guide policy, better leverage investments, and inform global development agendas, including the post-2015 process.
To date, the project has mapped key gender data sources and gaps in developing countries across five domains of women’s empowerment: (1) health, (2) education, (3) economic opportunities, (4) political participation, and (5) human security, as well as reviewed available databases on laws and policies that affect women. It suggests ‘ways forward’ to close the gaps using existing and new sources, including censuses and micro-level surveys, service and administrative records, and the potential use of ‘big data’ as a source of gender data to complement official statistics.