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Gender statistics

Review paper

In-depth review on ...

The Bureau reviewed statistics on gender and special population groups in October 2007.

This was done before the Global Forum on Gender Statistics, which was held in December 2007 and launched a Global Gender Statistics Programme and the Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS). It was a 3-year initiative driven by the UN Statistical Division (UNSD), in close cooperation with other bodies of the UN and the World Bank, bringing together statisticians and users of gender statistics.

In June 2007, the Conference discussed the outcome of the review and the Global Forum on Gender Statistics. The 60th UNECE session also stressed the need to continue the work on gender statistics.

The Bureau reviewed the progress of work of the Steering Group on gender statistics and related Task Forces on gender statistics training for statisticians and gender-based violence, and extended their ToRs in February 2008.

Outcome of the review

The Bureau decided to review gender statistics again in a 2-3 years’ time.

The Task Force on gender-based violence provided substantive input to the Global Programme, e.g. to the set of indicators on measuring violence against women, which was endorsed by UNSC in February 2009. The Task Force guided the development of a survey module designed for collecting data on the set of indicators agreed upon by UNSC. The module has thereafter been revised and pilot-tested by all Regional Commissions, and it was finalised in 2011.

Since 2009, UNECE participated with the other Regional Commissions in an inter-regional project funded from the United Nations Development Account. UNECE carried out a number of capacity building activities with support by the World Bank. These included 5 regional and 8 national training workshops on gender statistics in 2007-2010 and 3 training workshops on gender-based violence. In total, 13 training videos were prepared and are available in English and Russian.

The manual Developing Gender Statistics: A Practical Tool  was endorsed by the Conference of European Statisticians in June 2010. It represents a consolidated reference for producing information about gender differences, guides producers of gender statistics and assists in improving the availability of high-quality information on women and men. It has been translated into Spanish by the World Bank for use outside the ECE region.

Related initiatives

While the other Task Forces have finished their work, later in November 2010, the Bureau set up a new Task Force on indicators of gender equality. The draft report is planned to be submitted to the Conference for approval in April 2014, and to the Bureau for a review in October 2013.


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