Improve Data & Accountability for Girls & Women
My interest is not data, it's the world… and part of world development you can see in numbers. The idea is to go from numbers to information to understanding.

Women Deliver’s late friend, the brilliant data wiz and edutainer, Hans Rosling of Gapminder, was right that data is vital to understanding. But unfortunately the information we have today doesn’t paint the full picture of girls and women’s lives, and it certainly isn’t enough to move the hearts and minds of influencers and decision-makers.
The latest figures show that 38.6% of female homicides are perpetrated by an intimate partner, yet only 41% of countries regularly produce violence against women data, 15% of countries have legislation that mandates specialized gender-based surveys, and just 13% dedicate a budget to gender statistics. How are we expected to tackle a problem if we don’t know the extent of that problem?
To improve policies and programs, we urgently need more data disaggregated by gender and by age and better management of that data. Just as urgent is our need for engaged individuals who are relentless in their advocacy, to keep countries accountable to the commitments they’ve made.
Fortunately, we’re on the right path. There is more funding for data projects than ever before, partners are sharing advice on how to use the data we do have, initiatives like Equal Measures 2030, Data2X, and Making Every Woman and Girl Count are bringing gender-specific evidence to light, and Citizen Report Cards and Citizen Hearings are keeping feet to the fire.
With good data and accountability, we can push for political change and solve complex societal problems. Women count. It’s time to count them and count them in.


Katja Iversen, President / CEO Women Deliver

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Why Gender Data is Critical for Achieving the SDGs
In this video from Data2x, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, calls on the international community to affirm their commitment to good data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and improve outcomes for all people.
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Data gives the world the information it needs to act upon pressing issues, and visualizations help bring that data to life! Covering the gender pay gap to the unmet need for family planning, view seven excellent examples of data visualizations that have increased awareness, demystified research, and illustrated the gravity of gender inequality across the globe.
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Knowledge is Power: The Data Revolution in Myanmar
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Now that governments have adopted the SDGs, how will we know if they are living up to their promises of gender equality and women’s empowerment? Women Deliver and the Canadian Audit & Accountability Foundation have developed a manual for Auditors General across the globe.
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Data and Information Driving Gender Equality
Together for Girls
In the development field, researchers and policymakers often seek to collect as much data as possible. But data—like programs—often remain in silos. For example, data focused on violence against children is typically not top of mind for those working on women’s empowerment or adolescent health.
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