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Advancing the Global Statistical System- Major work areas and accomplishments
4 March 2013
Seminar on Gender Statistics

Measuring the contribution of women and men to the economy

Thursday 28 February 2013, 1:15 - 2:45 am
Conference Rm. 7, Temporary North Lawn Building
United Nations, New York

    According to the global review of Gender Statistics Programmes in countries requested by the United Nations Statistical Commission at its forty-second session and conducted by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) and the United Nations Regional Commissions, statistics needed to measure the “total” contribution of women and men to the economy are not yet widely collected. For instance, 33 percent of countries that replied to the survey do not produce statistics on unpaid work (such as domestic and caregiving services); and 75 percent do not calculate the related satellite accounts. These figures highlight the need to improve the information available on these critical topics and promote measuring the total contribution of women and men to the economy.

In this context, UNSD in collaboration with UN Women is organizing the side-event “Measuring the contribution of women and men to the economy” as a discussion forum for statisticians to address the question of estimating the level and value of unpaid work from a gender perspective. Specific attention will be given to Time Use Surveys which are the main tool used by NSOs to estimate productive activities outside the boundary of the “System of National Account” (SNA) (unpaid work) and to supplement conventional labor statistics.

The specific objectives of the side event are to:

  • Highlight the need to measure the contribution of women and men to the economy
  • Discuss Time Use Surveys and their role in providing data on this topic
  • Present methodologies based on time use data to estimate the total contribution of women and men to the economy through household satellite accounts
  • Share concrete experiences of countries who have estimated the value of unpaid work performed by women and men and developed the related satellite accounts

Organizers: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
and UN-Women

List of panelists
Presentation of UN Women
Presentation of UN Statistics Division
Presentation of Levy Economics Institute
Presentation of Philippines
Presentation of Argentina