GOVERNMENT Statistician, Douglas Kimi has recently joined other Professional Statisticians from across the Pacific at a regional conference on Gender Statistics in the Pacific held in Fiji.
Runs from February 12-15 2019, the regional event has convened Government Statisticians, Gender Statisticians and Gender data users from across the region including policy makers, media, academicians and civil society organizations where they discussed the importance of producing, disseminating and using gender statistics extensively and came up with concrete steps on how to make it (this) happen.
The event was held with the title “Gender Statistics in the Pacific: Establishing a Roadmap for better production and use of gender statistics to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Pacific”.
The objectives of the workshop include:
- Assess the gender dimensions in existing sets of localized SDG indicators in the region and other indicator sets such as the Pacific National Minimum Development Indicators (NMDI).
- Explore the possibility of updating regional indicator sets from a gender equality perspective.
- Validate assessments on existing challenges to producing, disseminating and using gender statistics in the Pacific
- Study existing initiatives and strategies implemented in other regions to enhance the production and use of gender statistics and evaluate whether the Pacific region could benefit from some of these.
- Evaluate the gender statistics needs of select data users from public institutions, civil society and academia.
- Draft a gender-sensitive regional Roadmap to produce, disseminate and use quality gender data to monitor the SDGs in the Pacific, including specific plans for support to data production, dissemination and use.
- Begin work towards establishing appropriate mechanisms for the endorsement and future implementation of the (this) roadmap, including modalities for implementation, roles and responsibilities.
It was organized jointly by UN Women, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Office for the Pacific and the United Nations Population Fund, formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA).
During the workshop, participants assessed key needs and challenges pertaining to the production and dissemination of SDG-related Gender Statistics in the Pacific, as well as other gender statistics related to national and regional gender equality commitments.
According to ESCAP, the work will build on progress achieved in the Pacific through existing initiatives managed by a range of development partners, including SPC, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), ESCAP, UNICEF, UNFPA, Government of Australia, Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank and others.
“For instance, among other initiatives, the event will build on work carried out for reporting on the 2012 Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration and associated Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development country work plans and regional programmes, which have increased focus on gender statistics as critical tools to monitor and evaluate gender-equality polices.
“Similarly, the work will also build on existing statistical efforts to monitor progress using the National Minimum Development Indicators and will explore the possibility to support an update to the set from a gender equality perspective. The workshop will also complement ESCAP’s work in the Pacific to support countries ensure their national indicator frameworks adequately track progress towards national priorities/plans.
“In addition, and beyond SDG localization and regional priority setting efforts, the workshop serve as a starting point to filling up gender data gaps and overcoming some of the challenges that will be identified.”