Over the past decade, progress has been achieved in several key areas of gender equality, particularly in human and physical capital endowments and women’s economic rights. Yet large and persistent barriers in other domains like economic opportunities and assets remain and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying this is a critical need for gender data to inform smart policy decisions. To this end, the World Bank Group has expanded partnerships to improve the collection, access, sharing, and use of sex-disaggregated data over the last several years including investing in the recently relaunched Gender Data Portal and the “Strengthening Gender Statistics” project.
This event is an opportunity for a high-level yet engaging discussion on the value of gender data for policy reforms, programming, and monitoring progress/outcomes towards achieving gender equality. It is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative, which explores the important progress made and lessons learned in reducing gender gaps and increasing women’s economic empowerment over the last 10 years, and takes stock of remaining challenges, while strengthening partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders in the quest to #AccelerateEquality.
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