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EM2030 SDG Gender Index

In September 2018, Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) launched the pilot SDG Gender Index housed on the Gender Advocates Data Hub. The SDG Gender Index aims to help girls’ and women’s movements and champions across sectors to measure progress on the gender equality aspects of the majority of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Gender Index enables us to tell a story of global progress, as well as being a tool that gender advocates can use to frame their influencing on the gender equality elements of the SDGs.

What is unique about the SDG Gender Index?

  • It aligns to the SDGs and covers issues from across most of the 17 global goals.
  • It draws on consultations with gender advocates and other stakeholders at every level and includes feedback from EM2030’s national and regional partners to provide deeper national contextualization.
  • It results in a composite score to compare countries’ performance on the various SDGs and related indicators.
  • It draws on a mix of official and complementary indicators and includes ‘inputs’ (i.e. laws, policies, norms and financing allocations) that affect the lives of girls and women, as well as the ‘outcomes’ (i.e. maternal mortality ratios) that more commonly feature in most indices.
  • It highlights issues that create an enabling environment for gender equality but are not widely seen as ‘gender issues’ (i.e. climate change and tax and public finance issues).
  • It helps to identify critical policy issues for girls and women that are missing from the Index because of a lack of data or insufficient country coverage – data gaps that, with political will and coordinated action, can and should be filled.
  • It is available on the easy-to-use and interactive Gender Advocates Data Hub.

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