In an ideal world, the 2019 SDG Gender Index would cover all the world’s countries. However, dozens of countries, especially small states and states affected by instability, lack data across enough indicators used in the index to be included. There are also many issues that are not captured by the index due to insufficient global data coverage.
Taken together, these critical data gaps can form parts of an advocacy agenda. These are data gaps that need to be filled and that can be filled if gender advocates speak with one voice in calling for more and better gender data.