Data Equality Critical To Achieving Gender Equality
Medium: We Won’t Achieve Gender Equality Without Data Equality
Gro Harlem Brundtland, vice chair of the United Nations Foundation, and Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation
“…[M]uch of the [development] data available — especially data that reflects the lives of girls and women, both independently and relative to boys and men — is incomplete or biased. This begs the question: As we work to fulfill bold global promises to alleviate poverty and leave no one behind, how can we achieve gender equality if we do not have data equality? … Because [women’s lives] and experiences have not been prioritized by the data collection system, disadvantages caused by gender inequality cannot be detected or understood, which prevents practical solutions. … We need more and better gender data to have the complete data picture. … If we really want to achieve gender equality, we need leaders from every sector to help start the gender data revolution. … To achieve gender equality, we must commit to data equality” (5/12).