The Girl-Shaped Hole In Global Health Data
Since 2013, the Indian government has spent upwards of $54 million on its Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation program for 100 million adolescents, recognizing that over half of Indian girls aged 10 to 19 are anemic, along with 30 percent of boys.
But as with many health programs, while the intentions may be noble, the data and implementation are lacking. This is in part due to India’s sheer size; the state of Uttar Pradesh alone has a population of over 200 million, spread out over nearly 100,000 square miles. If it were a country, it would be the world’s fifth most populous, as well as the poorest of the world’s ten most populous countries.
Ensuring Data Drives Advocacy & Action
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contain transformational promises on gender equality, working to positively change the lives of girls and women worldwide.
Though we have ambitious targets set within the SDGs, they won’t be worth the paper they were painstakingly drafted on if governments don’t put in place the real laws and policies needed and make the tough budget choices and investments critical to delivering the goals for women and girls.
How can we ensure that governments are incentivised to make the necessary investments – such as the 12 critical investments in women and girls promoted by the Deliver for Good campaign – to bring about gender equality?
Glints of hope
If the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved by 2030, the lives of girls and women will be forever changed. The goals contain transformative promises on gender equality: from equal access to quality education to increased participation in the labour force, to ending the scourge of gender-based violence.
Webinar: 5 do’s and don’ts to improve your gender data use
BANGKOK — Collecting, analyzing, and communicating gender-disaggregated data are crucial steps in unlocking opportunities for women and girls, and in tracking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
Devex spoke with Seck, along with gender data experts from Equal Measures 2030 and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to break down several best practices in collecting, analyzing, and communicating gender data.
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News Deeply: Embrace Data and Big Thinking to Meet Gender SDGs
NEW YORK – One of the most ambitious of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – intended to be achieved by 2030 – is that of full gender equality. At current rates of progress, research shows that this is centuries, rather than years, off.
But the announcement of the targets in 2015 spurred the formation of a number of organizations dedicated to hastening that progress. Equal Measures 2030 is an international partnership working to compile data on global gender gaps, and to get that data into the hands of the women’s rights advocates who are campaigning to close them.
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Deeply Talks: Women’s Advancement in 2018, Dispatch from Davos
In our first Deeply Talks call of 2018, we discussed the launch of our newest platform, Women’s Advancement Deeply, which will focus on women’s economic advancement in the developing world.
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Los políticos dicen trabajar por la igualdad, pero desconocen la situación de las niñas
El informe Responsables políticos e igualdad de género: qué saben y por qué lo saben de EqualMeasures 2030 es concluyente: políticos y legisladores carecen de conocimientos específicos sobre la situación de las niñas.
Chart of the Day: What Policy Makers Don’t Know About the Data They Need to Achieve Gender Equality By 2030A new survey shows big gaps in what policy makers in key countries know about achieving gender equality by 2030–a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals.
38% Policymakers In India Know Little or Nothing About SDGs: Survey
A survey of policymakers across five countries – Colombia, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Senegal—on gender equality in their respective countries has show how little they actually know.
World Leaders Don’t Understand Women – and that’s hurting gender equality, study finds
A new study released late Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly questions whether policymakers in five countries are equipped with the basic information they need to advance gender equality. Equal Measures 2030, a global partnership of nine organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, conducted a survey of 109 policymakers in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Senegal.
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“The right data at the right time”: How to effectively communicate research to policy makers
Researchers in development often hope that their research can ultimately influence policy. But getting from research results to policymaker persuasion is an ongoing struggle. Yesterday I heard insights on this point from Dasmine Kennedy of Jamaica’s Ministry of Education as well as Albert Motivans from Equal Measures 2030. (I also gave my two cents.)
$20 Million from Gates Foundation to Address Gender Inequality Globally
Timing couldn’t be better. Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will give $20 million over the next three years to empower women’s organizations globally.
The news comes on the same day that Equal Measures 2030 released a Gender Report along with the Gates Foundation and ONE Campaign Coalition at the United Nations General Assembly, taking place this week in New York.
Gender Equality Through Data Equality
In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Alison Holder (@alieholder), Director of Equal Measures 2030 (@equal2030), a civil society and private sector-led initiative working to harness the power of data and evidence to create change for gender equality.
Many leaders clueless on issues facing girls, women, survey shows
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Policymakers in developing nations may not know enough facts and figures about problems facing women and girls to help reach gender equality, research showed on Wednesday.
Gates, Plan-funded global gender data partnership takes shape
BANGKOK — In May 2016, several well-known nongovernmental organizations, foundations, businesses, and advocacy groups announced a partnership in the name of improving gender data.
Policymakers ‘flying blind’ on gender issues, survey finds
WASHINGTON — Many policymakers are ill-informed about the most pressing issues affecting gender equality in their countries, including the number of women in the labor force and how many are dying in childbirth, according to a new report published by a coalition of NGOs and private sector companies working to fill the gender data gap.