The Economic and Social
Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in collaboration with United Nations
agencies, national statistical offices, national machineries for women, and
civil society in the Arab region, is implementing the Gender Statistics
Programme in the Arab Region.
This e-Handbook, a tool for data producers, is the outcome of consultations
second Inter-Agency Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics in the Arab
Countries (Beirut, 12-14 October 2009) and aims to build on synergies from
ongoing work in the area of gender statistics by forging a common methodological
knowledge among stakeholders in order to facilitate the production of comparable
statistics for evidence-based policymaking and planning.
The purpose of the e-Handbook is to provide a guiding tool for data producers to
compile data for the Arab Gender Issues and Indicators (GIsIn) Framework, which
will allow for quantitative and qualitative measurement of gender equality and
inequality at the international level. It uses an agreed common suite of gender
indicators with unified language, concepts and objectives as a means to
encourage collaborative monitoring, reporting and learning through the sharing
of best practice, which will encourage the use of indicators at the national,
regional and international level for measuring accountability and effectiveness.
The e-Handbook includes metadata for each GIsIn indicator, including
definitions, rationale, concepts and sources, as well as methods of calculation.
Based on the Arab GIsIn Framework, a three-dimensional framework for Arab
countries linking the Goals of the Millennium Declaration to the Arab Priority
Issues of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), it identifies corresponding
region-specific, gender-sensitive and sex-disaggregated indicators for measuring
and monitoring progress achieved towards gender equality and the empowerment of
women. The proposed framework was first published in the
ESCWA booklet Gender in the Millennium Development Goals: Information Guide for
Arab MDG Reports.
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Last updated 15 May 2013