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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.

 The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS)

Recognition of the centrality of gender equality to social and economic development has led to an increase in the demand for gender statistics and indicators for monitoring and planning. Although considerable effort and resources have been invested towards the development of gender statistics worldwide, significant gaps remain. In particular, there are still many critical areas of concern for gender equality for which little or no gender statistics exist. Moreover, while many activities are being conducted towards improving gender statistics, their regular production and use have yet to be institutionalized at the national, regional and global levels.

In order to address the need for advancing the development of gender statistics, the United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank, convened an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS). The group met for the first time in New York, from 12-14 December 2006 to take stock and assess potential strategies to improve gender statistics at the national and global levels.

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, while the chairmanship is held by a country member of the IAEG, on a rotational basis. The IAEG-GS has the main purpose of advancing gender statistics at the global level through monitoring progress, addressing challenges and gaps, planning future work and establishing good practices. Its work is based on the recognition that enhancing national statistical systems' capacity to develop gender statistics is key to addressing gender equality and promoting women's empowerment.

Terms of Reference (as of October 2013)

Addendum Terms of Reference (as of February 2020)

List of gender-relevant SDG indicators by the IAEG-GS (as of November 2021)

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  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Philippines
  • South Africa (Co-Chair)
  • Switzerland (Co-Chair)
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • Viet Nam
  • Zimbabwe


The United Nations Statistics Division is committed to supporting countries in the production, analysis and use of gender statistics. The Division is Secretarial of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), the coordinating and guiding body of the Global Gender Statistics Programme.

  • Attn: Gender Statistics
  • Statistics Division
  • United Nations, New York, NY 10017
  • United States
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