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HBSC Online Consultation: Data gaps on gender equality 27th January - 10th February

HBSC + Wikigender are running a new online discussion in partnership with the UN Foundation, the EU-LAC Foundation, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), ECLAC and PARIS21 – and in collaboration with Wikiprogress and Wikichild on the subject of: “Data Gaps on Gender Equality”. The discussion will run from January 27th to February 10th.

We would like to engage in a robust discussion on where the data gaps on gender equality currently are, pioneering initiatives that generate new data and new methodological approaches to address complex areas of gender equality. The discussion will also address the ‘open data revolution’ and gender statistics, lessons learnt since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, and proposals for priority targets for the post-2015 development agenda.

The principal outcomes of the discussion will be synthesised in a final report and presented/distributed at a side event organised by the OECD Development Centre, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in March 2014, during the 58th session on UN the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
Each week of the discussion will focus on a different theme:
Week 1: The socio-economic empowerment of women
Week 2: Violence against women
Week 3: Civic and political participation of women

The guiding questions for the week 1 of the discussion, which opens for comments on Monday January 27th are:

  • Data collection - Do you have examples of local, regional or international initiatives that aim to improve data collection and analysis on women’s socio-economic empowerment? What are priority areas for which data on women should be improved or newly produced, and which institutions are poised to take this on?
  • Comparability and methodology - What needs to be done to make existing data comparable between different regions? How feasible would this be? How do we best engage national statistical offices in improving data on women and girls in line with international efforts? How are they effective? How is it possible to drive initiatives to ensure that there is better harmonization of data?
  • New areas of research - How can data collection on new areas of research (such as time use, unpaid care or social norms) be improved in order to better inform how women fare in terms of socio-economic empowerment and to inform policy-making? 
  • New priority areas - What new priority targets/areas should be included in the post-2015 development agenda and more specifically when it comes to gender equality?

We invite you to find out more about the online discussion and questions asked for each theme by going here: http://bit.ly/1dnPEkI. Please also feel free to share this invitation as widely as possible. The more people who contribute to the discussion, the richer a picture of this complex and critical issue will emerge.
To post a comment, simply go to the “Contribute!” section of the discussion page as of 27 January. We count on your participation and hope you can disseminate this invitation widely to your contacts!

see here for further details
contact: Mr Joe Hancock

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[23-01-2014 to 28-02-2014]


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