Data Generation for Gender Indicators of Sustainable Development Goals (Important) (Download PDF)


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India is a signatory to the “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” resolution (2030 Agenda) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Goal 5 is a standalone goal to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

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Image of Sustainable Development Goals

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Background on Gender Indicators of Sustainable Development Goals

  • This 2030 Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 Targets.

  • Goal 5 is a standalone goal to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” but gender issue is spread throughout the agenda.

  • A set of 232 unique Indicators globally agreed to, in consultation with the statistical offices and nodal agencies of the UN Member States, and Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), was set up by the UN Statistical Commission.

  • To facilitate implementation, all Indicators classified by the IAEG-SDGs into three tiers based on level of methodological development, and regular production of the data:

    • Data regularly produced by at least half the countries for Tier 1 indicators

    • Tier 2 have an established methodology but data is not regularly produced

    • Tier 3 are those indicators where established methodology and standards are not available.

Progress in India

  • SDG5 is being managed by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) as the nodal ministry. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is contextualizing the global indicator framework.

  • The MoSPI and MWCD organized a National Workshop on Data Gaps in Gender Statisticsin 2015 which came out with following recommendations:

    • Undertake a gender analysis of existing Management Information Systems (MIS) of line Ministries to strengthen gender-responsive data

    • Undertake few new surveys on the themes, on which there continues to be a dearth of data, like, asset ownership and control (by women), time use surveys, violence prevalence (against women), etc.

    • National Workshop on Data Gaps in Gender Statistics, 2015, UN Women and UNFPA developed a framework and roadmap for collecting statistics on the status of women in India.

Objectives of the National Consultation

  • Apprise central social sector ministries and state governments about gender indicators and gender statistics for the Vision 2030 for SDGs

  • Discuss with national and state government stakeholders about monitor the national gender indicators for the SDGs

  • Facilitate collaborative learning and knowledge exchange by sharing the latest best practices on data collection

  • Seek recommendations for facilitating user-producer dialogues to increase accessibility, quality, and demand for gender statistics, through engagements of statistical offices with policy and decision makers

Format of the Consultation

National Consultation being led by MoSPI, which is involving, Central Ministries, officers from the State and UT Governments, and departments concerned with women’s issues. Other relevant partners include representatives of the UN in India, research organizations and civil society.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 14, 2017


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