Information Guide for Arab Millennium Development Goal Reports
The report aims to respond to a mounting need at the national, regional and global level for systematic mainstreaming of a gender perspective within national statistical systems and in the production of statistics. Although women and men are influenced differently by development and changes in society, there are indeed differences in the availability of sex-disaggregated data across countries. The international comparability of gender-sensitive qualitative and quantitative indicators for evidence- based policymaking is another issue of major concern in statistics.
So far, the production of gender statistics has not kept up with the global commitments to achieving gender equality and empowering women, such as those contained in the CEDAW , the Fourth World Conference on Women , and the Millennium Development Goals . On the contrary, such a global consensus underlines the importance of developing a single and internationally agreed upon information-gathering monitoring system for gender disaggregated data.
Towards this end, an Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender and MDGs in the Arab Region, held in Cairo, September 2007, attended by representatives of United Nations agencies, national statistical offices and women’s nongovernmental organizations, agreed on measurement tool entitled “G IS IN” Framework. This Framework, which contains a list of priorities areas and corresponding gender-sensitive indicators for the region, is an initial step for Arab countries towards realizing the ideals of the Millennium Declaration and implementing CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action.
The report is divided into seven main chapters:
- Gender and the Development Agenda
- Current Practices in Engendering the Monitoring and Reporting of Millennium Development Goals
- Gender in Arab Millennium Development Goal Reports
- Data Sources for Compiling Gender Statistics
- “G IS IN” Framework: Proposed Gender Issues and Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Arab Countries
- Towards more Gender-Responsive Monitoring and Reporting
- Concluding Remarks