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



Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

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


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Non-governmental Organization
Education Above All Foundation's aim is to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through quality education and other welfare programmes and initiatives.
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Multilateral Organization
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) was founded in 1973 and is one of five UN Regional Commissions.
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Multilateral Organization
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
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Non-governmental Organization
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works across a variety of sectors with the belief that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
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Non-governmental Organization
Together for Girls is a partnership between national governments, UN agencies, and private sector organizations working to break cycles of violence, with special attention to sexual violence against girls.
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Multilateral Organization
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.


Research, Methods and Good Practices

Making the Case: More and Better Financing for Development Data

Meeting the data challenges of the SDGs will require increased investments in international and national data and statistical systems. This resource makes the case for investing in data, highlight the current state of financing for statistics, identify funding gaps, and make the case for not just more but better financing for data.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Gender Data Module

This module offers a primer and straightforward guidance aimed primarily at countries on gender data collection for national data roadmaps. It is the first iteration of this module, which Data2X will deepen over time, building in more real-world examples and practical advice along the way.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Subnational Data for Sustainable Development

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module is based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Open Institute’s Global Goals for Local Impact project and seeks to inform data challenges and opportunities at both the national and subnational level.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Open Mapping for the SDGs

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module provides a brief compendium of resources for national bureaus of statistics, national mapping agencies, line ministries and non-government partners to foster the growth of participatory mapping in their countries and develop national roadmaps.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Open Data for Sustainable Development

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module provides stakeholders with open data core principles and essential resources needed to prioritize, open and use key datasets relevant to achieving and monitoring the SDGs.