We need to measure the gender gap in education, political empowerment, health and survival, and economic participation and opportunity. This means we need disaggregation of all development data by gender. No matter how you cut it—socially, economically, legally—girls and women in the poorest countries get a raw deal.

This goal is about the girl denied an education or forced into marriage. The mother who risks death when she gives life. The farmer prevented from owning the land she works on. Data is critical in the fight for gender equality. Proof of marriage can help women to obtain nationality, or at least residency, in a country and, in some societies, protect their rights of access to, and guardianship of, children.

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program gathers sex-disaggregated information from 82 countries on key issues like HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. Advocates have used this gender disaggregated data to push for, and win, national legislation prohibiting domestic violence in a number of countries and to effect programming changes based on the finding that young women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Women’s status in society has become the standard by which humanity’s progress toward civility and peace can be measured."

Mahnaz Afkhami

  

Initiatives

Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.
  
  

Partners

IREX Logo
Non-governmental Organization
IREX is a global development and education organization.
Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) works to reduce poverty and inequality, to improve health and education, and advance infrastructure through financial and technical support for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Donkey Sanctuary Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Donkey Sanctuary works to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules, and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
UNHCR Logo - The UN Refugee Agency
Multilateral Organization
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.
United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP Logo
Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, works to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges by providing results-oriented projects, technical assistance, and capacity building to member States.
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Multilateral Organization
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
  

Resources

Research, Methods and Good Practices

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Enabling Frogs to Leap, a report of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the JICA Research Institute, analyzes the challenges and opportunities that exist in the pursuit of the data revolution.
Leave No One Behind | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Africa Data Revolution Report 2016

The Africa Data Revolution Report 2016: Highlighting developments in African data ecosystems is envisioned to provide a thorough review on the data ecosystem in the continent based on in-depth country assessments.
Research, Methods and Good Practices

Counting on the World: Building Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development

The report intends to support national and international policy makers taking an evidence-based approach to SDG planning and implementation. It looks to design modern, fit-for-purpose data systems that improve the quality, reach and impact of public service delivery and strengthen environmental protection. It sets out a vision for modern data systems, supported by a broad range of actors, while also providing specific recommendations to drive urgent action.
Principles and Standards | Research, Methods and Good Practices

Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

This global plan is intended to provide a framework for discussion on, and planning and implementation of statistical capacity building necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda.