Improved Data On Women, Girls Essential To Achieving SDGs

The Guardian: Leaving women out of development statistics just doesn’t add up
Mayra Buvinic, U.N. Foundation senior fellow working on Data2X, and Ruth Levine, director of the global development and population program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and co-chair of the Data2X technical advisory group

“We have a sexist data crisis: information we depend on to make social and economic policy, and to monitor progress, is unable to reflect the reality of the lives of women and girls. … For many of the issues in the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], information is not disaggregated by sex, obviating any possibility of understanding gender differences. For others, gender bias is ingrained in the measurement process. … The data revolution that has been called for to support the SDGs is an opportunity that should not be missed to improve data on women and girls. This will require high-level political commitment, technical advances, and earmarked resources for larger investments than have been made to date. For every political exhortation about the importance of bettering the lot of women and girls, we need a comparable demand by leaders for gender-specific information about not just health and education, but also work, personal security and freedom, and protection from environmental harms…” (4/7).