UN: UN Forum to improve on reliable statistics on women, girls

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Global Forum on Gender Statistics, holding in Helsinki, Finland, this week, is looking at ways to improve data on women and girls to better inform gender policies and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN statement said on Monday.

The statement, obtained by PANA in New York, said the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, taking place from 24 to 26 October, is being organized by the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Statistics Finland.

It said reliable and relevant statistics are essential for the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, noting that Goal 5 calls for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls, and requires disaggregated data to ensure that all women and girls, including the most vulnerable, are accounted for, with specific statistics that includes income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status and disability among other relevant characteristics.

It quoted Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the UN Statistics Division, as saying: "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators, has raised the profile and importance of data and statistics for the follow-up and review of its implementation."

"With a stand-alone goal on gender equality and almost a third of indicators relevant for gender analysis, it has also put significant pressure on countries’ statistical capacity to fulfil new SDGs gender data requirements.

"It is expected that this will translate into an increased demand for high-quality gender statistics that are produced regularly and that provide solid and objective evidence on the status of women compared to men," he stated.

PANA learnt that the Forum is bringing together over 200 participants, including national statisticians, governments officials, women’s advocates and policy experts, statistical experts from regional and internal organizations and researchers from the academia and think-thanks.

The Forum will highlight best practices and challenges for the collection, production, dissemination and use of gender statistics, as well as provide the opportunity to review the availability of data and identify the important gender data gaps.
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24 october 2016 15:25:25

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