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UN Forum to improve statistics about women and girls
to allow for better monitoring and implementation of
the Sustainable Development Goals
 
New York, 24 October – Reliable and relevant statistics are essential for the implementation and monitoring of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 in particular, which calls for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls, 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.  The Global Forum on Gender Statistics being held in Finland next week will look at ways to improve this data to better inform gender policies and help achieve all the SDGs. Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Statistics Finland, the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics will take place in Helsinki from 24 to 26 October. 

“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,” said Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the UN Statistics Division, ahead of the Forum. “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 added.

The Forum will bring 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 academia and think-thanks. The keynote address will be delivered by Honorable Tarja Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland.

Gender equality and the empowerment of woman at the core of gender data

The Forum will highlight best practices and challenges for the collection, production, dissemination and use of gender statistics. The meeting will also provide the opportunity to review the availability of data and identify the important gender data gaps. The following thematic issues in particular will be looked at vis-à-vis gender statistics:
  1. Women’s economic empowerment (indicators for SDGs 1, 5, 8);
  2. Women and girls in international migration (indicators for SDGs 8, 10);
  3. Violence against women and girls (indicators for SDGs 5, 11, 16);
  4. Measuring and valuing unpaid work (indicators for SDG 5);
  5. Women’s political participation, including at the local level (indicators for SDG 5)
  6. Women’s health (indicators for SDG 3, 5).
Previous Forums have been held in Italy (2007), Ghana (2009), the Philippines (2010), Jordan (2012) and Mexico (2014).

The forum is organized under the Global Gender Statistics Programme and with the guidance of the UN Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics.
 
For more details about the Global Forum on Gender Statistics please visit:  http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/Finland_Oct2016/Default.htm
For more information about the Sustainable Development Goals please visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
 
 
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Media Contacts
UN Department of Public Information
Mélanie Prud’homme, E: prudhommem@un.org, T: +1 (917) 367-3541
Devi Palanivelu, E: palanivelu@un.org, T: +1 (212) 963-1104
 
 
 
Available for interviews
  • Ms. Francesca Grum (French, English) Chief, Social and Housing Statistics Section, UN DESA
  • Ms. Harumi Shibata Salazar (Spanish, English), Statistician, Social and Housing Statistics Section, UN DESA
 
 
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