Table of Contents
- 1 What is Gender Statistics? and Why is it important?
- 2 World Bank Institute – UNECE Gender Statistics programSee http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/WBI/WBIPROGRAMS/PGLP/0,,contentMDK:20286702~pagePK:64156158~piPK:64152884~theSitePK:461246,00.html
What is Gender Statistics? and Why is it important?
Gender statistics is a field that cuts across all areas of statistics. It is about identifying, producing, disseminating, and analysing statistics to understand how gender issues affect individuals and society. It is a way to show how gender differences can affect the economic and social development of societies.
Gender statistics is important for at least three reasons.
- It raises public awareness on the plight and prevailing conditions of women and men.
- It provides policy makers with sufficient baseline information to institute favorable changes to existing policies affecting women and men differently.
- It provides an unbiased source of information to monitor the actual and real effects of government’s policies and programs on the lives of women and men.
It is recognised that there is a need to invest in gender statistics in the transition countries of Europe and Central Asia Region and the developing countries. In Europe and Central Asia Region new challenges are: in converting into regular programs of data collection what is now based on ad-hoc initiatives (such as the measurement of time-use and domestic violence) and in developing instruments for gender analysis that go beyond the traditional aspects of women and men participation in the society. There is a need to scrape the surface and, for example, look at quality of employment and access to the labour market rather than to measure only employment and unemployment. There is a need to look at long term unemployment: are women and men affected differently? A lot still needs to be done to further standardise indicators, establish links between official statistics and policies, and to engender the production and dissemination of statistics particularly in those areas where there is little tradition of gendered analysis such as business statistics, transport and communication statistics.
World Bank Institute – UNECE Gender Statistics programSee http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/WBI/WBIPROGRAMS/PGLP/0,,contentMDK:20286702~pagePK:64156158~piPK:64152884~theSitePK:461246,00.html
In 2007, the World Bank Institute, jointly with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) launched an innovative 3-year project on Gender Statistics for Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) Region. The project builds capacity of the National Statistical Offices in 13 ECA countries to improve production, analysis, and dissemination of sex-disaggregated statistics for the purpose of social and economic analysis.
TRAINING MODULES include
- Gender and labor statistics (gender pay gap, informal employment, entrepreneurship, work/family life reconciliation, etc.);
- Time use surveys;
- Advocacy for gender statistics;
- Gender budgeting;
- Gender and minorities,
- Violence against women;
- Gender access to assets;
- Work in progress: Agriculture, Access to Finance, Gender and Infrastructure, and Gender and ICT.
The Training Manual on Gender Statistics was developed within the project by multi-donor Expert Group on Gender Statistics. An interactive web portal connected to a Community of Practice of statisticians was established by the project.
Why is it different?
- All training modules are developed as a set of self-running multimedia presentations, videos, group exercises, case studies, role plays and competitions (participatory, adaptive, proactive and results-oriented teaching techniques based on philosophy of peer-to-peer learning.) 90% of the training is based on active learning by doing.
- Consolidates and coordinated project involve many partners (UNECE, UNDP, USAID, FAO, ILO, US Census Bureau, Statistics Sweden, UNFPA), as well as WB PREMGE, DECDG, and WBIMM groups.
Due to the project’s success in ECA Region, there is a demand for scaling up the initiative to Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa Regions.
- GenderStats World Bank
- World Bank Institute/UNECE Gender Statistics program for Europe and Central Asia Region
- Gender statistics and ranking by the Social Institutions and Gender Index
- Gender Budgeting