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Our work at the global level

Equal Measures 2030 is working to ensure that data and evidence is effectively used to track progress towards the wide-ranging commitments for girls and women across the SDGs. Where lack of data and evidence hampers our ability to track progress, we support calls for data gaps to be filled and for greater investment in such efforts.

At the global level, Equal Measures 2030 is tracking progress towards the SDGs for girls and women by evaluating national gender-related laws and policies as well as the resourcing, financing and outcomes of those decisions, through a new SDG Gender Index.

In order to measure whether countries are on track to meet the ambitious goals of the SDG framework, and achieve gender equality, Equal Measures 2030’s SDG Gender Index compiles data on a wide-range of issues at the national level that are crucial to the rights of girls and women (from health and education to economic empowerment), and that extend beyond just Goal 5 (the SDG dedicated specifically to gender equality).

Our work at the national level

In order to meet the needs of advocates and decision makers in our seven focus countries (Colombia, El Salvador, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Indonesia), we go beyond the data compiled for our SDG Gender Index to gather country-specific data sources to better track progress towards the SDGs for girls and women in that country. We also delve further into specific gender-related themes or issues – driven by the priorities of our national influencing partners.

We draw on official and complementary data specific to that country, and generate data visualizations, research and stories to ensure that data and evidence is driving advocacy and action in our focus countries.

What do the data tell us about girls and women?

  • Data can highlight some of the disproportionate challenges girls and women face every day.
  • A woman dies from complications in pregnancy or childbirth every two minutes.
  • One in three women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime.
  • Only 22 women are in parliamentary roles for every 100 men.
  • On average, women still earn 77% of what men earn and carry out at least two and a half times more unpaid household and care work.

Bringing greater visibility to these realities can help to change their lives

To illustrate the broader scale of the data challenges, our work with Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has shown us that less than 30 of the 63 indicators in the SDG framework related to gender equality have official data available and accessible for more than 30% of countries. And even when data are collected and reported, the frequency for updated data can represent 3-5 years.

Data alone do not change the world, but they can empower advocates by revealing insights, shedding light on specific contexts for marginalized groups, identifying needs, and informing which policies work in what context and which do not. Advancements in our current knowledge about the lives and well-being of girls and women are critical to reaching the SDGs by 2030.

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