The conference Outcome Report of ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality spotlights renewed global commitment to strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) through integration of gender analysis.
In support of good practices to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS), the authors of a paper in the latest Knowledge Brief have created a reference guide identifying key gender barriers to registration of birth and deaths, and mapping supply-side issues to needed demand-side research.
Spanning the 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators of the SDGs is a promise “to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” Advancing that goal touches many domains – from labor opportunities to reduced maternal mortality to increased representation in political life. This paper finds that the current gap in financing the needed core data on gender in lower-income countries is between $170M-$240M a year between now and 2030. It suggests a way to increase total funding and improve existing funding flows for higher impact.
Achieving gender equality – and monitoring its progress – needs a significant improvement in data disaggregated by sex, age, and other important attributes. Access to high-quality gender data are critical to a country’s ability to compile each of the indicators needed to monitor and implement the SDGs; but how many of these indicators are available today?
The fundamental principle of the 2030 development agenda is to leave no one behind. Achieving real inclusion – and monitoring progress – will require a significant improvement in the availability of data.