Demographic and Social Statistics
About the Global Gender Statistics Programme
The Global Gender Statistics Programme is mandated by the United Nations Statistical Commission, implemented by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and coordinated by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics IAEG-GS.
The Programme encompasses:
- improving coherence among existing initiatives on gender statistics through international coordination
- developing and promoting methodological guidelines in existing domains as well as in emerging areas of gender concern
- strengthening national statistical and technical capacity for the production, dissemination and use of gender relevant data
- facilitating access to gender relevant data and metadata through a newly developed data portal.
UNSD serves as Secretariat of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), the coordinating and guiding body of the Global Gender Statistics Programme. The IAEG-GS was first convened in 2006, meets annually and functions through advisory groups. Presently, the main advisory group's work concentrates on examining emerging and unaddressed key gender issues and related data gap with the aim to develop proposals on how to fill these gaps.
This website serves as a platform for the dissemination of developments in the field of gender statistics and promotes the inclusion of gender statistics into all fields of statistical activities at both the national and international levels.
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2022
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2020
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2018
- Social Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2017
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2016
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2015
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2014
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2013
- Gender Statistics: report of the Secretary General - 2012
- Global Gender Statistics Programme - 2011
- Report of the Ghana Statistical Service on Gender Statistics - 2011
The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS)
The IAEG-GS brings together representatives of international agencies within and outside United Nations system, statisticians from National Statistical Systems, and development partners, to review progress and provide guidance on future activities geared at advancing gender statistics. The UN Statistics Division is the secretariat of the group.
List of gender-relevant SDG indicators by the IAEG-GS (updated November 2021)
- E-Handbook on gender-relevant SDG indicators (English)
- E-Handbook on gender-relevant SDG indicators (Arabic)
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Members - Agencies
Members - Countries
- Japan (Co-Chair)
- South Africa
- Switzerland (Co-Chair)
- United States
- Viet Nam
The World's Women reports
The World's Women reports are prepared by the Statistics Division of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) at five-year intervals, starting in 1990. Seven reports have been published as part of the The World's Women series.
2020 Edition now available!
The World's Women 2020: Trends and Statistics compiles 100 data stories that provide a snapshot of the state of gender equality worldwide. Presented on an interactive portal, the report analyses gender equality in six critical areas: population and families; health; education; economic empowerment and asset ownership; power and decision-making; and violence against women and the girl child as well as the impact of COVID-19.
- WW2020 gender data portal
- Executive summary
- Press release
- 5 things to know about Gender Equality (video)
Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE)
The Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project is a joint initiative of the United Nations Statistics Division and UN Women that seeks to improve the integration of gender issues into the regular production of official statistics for better, evidence-based policies.
- Integrating a gender perspective into statistics
- Guidelines on producing statistics on violence against women: statistical surveys [ Chinese, English, Russian ]
- Gender Statistics Handbooks
- International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics 2016 (ICATUS 2016)
- Minimum set of gender indicators
- Time-use statistics
- SDG Indicator 5.4.1 (Time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location):
- Statistics on violence against women
- ECA - Gender statistics toolkit
- ECE - Gender statistics toolkit
- ESCWA - Gender Statistics E-Learning Course (Arabic)
Global Forum on Gender Statistics
Global Forum on Gender Statistics brings together producers and users of gender statistics from national and international statistical offices, other government agencies, international organizations, academia, civil society, private sector and the donor community. Held every two years since 2007, it is an opportunity to discuss ways to improve data and evidence for gender policies, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We are going to South Africa!
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Statistics South Africa, will held the 9th Global Forum on Gender Statistics in Johannesburg, South Africa from 29 to 31 August 2023. The Forum will be an opportunity:
- to discuss ways to improve data and evidence on the growing challenges and opportunities offered by the care economy and its impact on gender equality;
- to strategize on how to make the best out of existing data, including by mainstreaming a gender lens into existing data processes; and
- to take stock and learn of good practices in gender statistics and data management from the African region.