Key Global Gender Data Is Missing

by Rachel Baker on June 22, 2015

Below an article about how a large portion of global gender data is missing and how this causes decisions to be made based on inaccurate data on a global scale regarding equality.

Read More: Women remain in the shadows because 80% of key global gender data is missing.

In 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council set down indicators—some 52 of them—crucial to measuring gender equality in any country. However, a new report has now found that globally we don’t have 80% of the necessary gender data on those indicators.

The data considered ranged from standard indicators such as sexual violence against women, maternal mortality ratio and literacy levels, to the less obvious ones such as the number of female police officers and judges. And this “missing data” is proving to be a serious impediment to progress, given that policymakers, economists, and governments globally rely on annual data to track issues concerning women empowerment.

The US-based non-profit Bread for the World Institute’s report is based on annual country-level data for 52 gender indicators between 1990 and 2013. The prescribed indicators were put under five broader categories: Economic participation, human rights, health, education, and public life.

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