REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION
 

 

Three regional workshops and a training workshop for statisticians in the Maghreb countries were held as part of the Development of National Gender Statistics Programmes in the Arab countries (GSP). See Timeline for regional work carried out under GSP.

Various producers and users of gender statistics from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen attended the regional workshops. Statistics producers mostly came from national statistical offices.

Statistics users were mainly linked with governmental and nongovernmental organizations and included planners, trainers, officers of national women’s organizations, researchers and gender experts.

Summaries of the workshops are provided below. Details of the organization and discussions are present in the workshop reports which can be downloaded from the project document page.
 

 

First Regional Workshop  Tunis, 9-14 June 1997

Summary
The Regional Workshop on the Development of National Gender Statistics Programmes in the Arab Countries was organized by ESCWA and the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR).

The Government of Tunisia hosted the First Regional Workshop with financial and technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Objectives
The First Regional Workshop was held to train core members of national working groups to identify critical gender issues, as well as statistics and indicators needed to assess and monitor these issues.

Organization
The workshop included a pre-workshop training exercise and seven training sessions. Training sessions included presentations and discussions. Training materials and other documentation were handed out in the workshop.

The principal training documents were:

  • A Handbook for Producing National Statistical Reports on Women and Men

  • Engendering Statistics: A Tool for Change

Pre-workshop training exercise
The main objectives, activities and outputs of the pre-workshop exercise are summarized in the table.

Training Sessions
Seven sessions were held during the workshop, each devoted to one of the following themes:

  • Gender issues and development

  • Statistics and indicators on gender issues

  • Availability and quality of data

  • Compilation and analysis of gender statistics

  • Presentation of gender statistics

  • Development of gender statistics programmes

Documentation
Participants received several items including the project document, an outline for group discussions on preparing national statistical publications, as well as the Arab Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women to the Year 2005.

Several publications were distributed during the workshop. A list of these publications is available in Annex III of the Report of the Regional Workshop on National Gender Statistics Programmes in the Arab Countries.

Main outputs

  • List of priority gender issues and indicators pertaining to the following policy areas: decision-making; resource allocation; family life; economic life; education and health.

  • Draft national work plans for the Development of National Gender Statistics Programmes in the Arab Countries

See full text of the Report of the Regional Workshop on National Gender Statistics Programmes in the Arab Countries.

 

Second Regional Workshop  Amman, 8-11 November 1999

Summary
The Second Regional Workshop on Gender Statistics in the Arab countries was hosted by the Department of Statistics of Jordan. The workshop was funded by the UNDP and IDRC.

Objectives
The workshop was held as a follow-up to the First Regional Workshop and to facilitate the exchange of national expertise regarding data compilation and the preparation of national statistical publications entitled “Women and Men: A Statistical Portrait.”

The workshop was convened to also discuss ways of developing national statistical systems and methods of improving national gender statistics to address gaps and deficiencies.

Organization
Participant countries submitted country reports of work conducted on the national level.

Presentations and discussions on national activities, such as the preparation of booklets, flyers, brochures and wall charts, as well as the national statistical publication on women and men, were made.

Discussions on strategies for improving gender statistics were carried out as well.

Documentation
The following items were distributed during the workshop

  • Country papers reflecting national experiences in implementing the project

  • National reports on the preparation of publications, including the national statistical publication, booklets, flyers, brochures and wall charts

  • Draft of the Arabic version of the Handbook for Producing National Statistical Reports on Women and Men

Main outputs
The main output was a set of strategies for improving gender statistics at the national and regional levels.

See full text of the Report of the Second Regional Workshop.
 

 

Third Regional Workshop   Tunis, 5-7 June 2001

Summary
The Third Regional Workshop on Gender Statistics in the Arab Countries was held in Tunis and sponsored by the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs. The workshop was organized by ESCWA in cooperation with CAWTAR. The UNDP, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) provided funding for the workshop.

Organization
The workshop was divided into four sessions in which each of the following subjects were addressed:

  • Priority gender issues in the Arab region

  • Gender statistics and related indicators

  • New measurement methods: time-use surveys

  • Dissemination using a regional Internet site

Participants presented and discussed national reports on progress made in the field of gender statistics since the inception of the project. Case studies on priority gender issues were presented along with theoretical experience in conducting time-use surveys.

Documentation
Several documents were distributed to the participants that included country papers and national reports, as well as other publications listed in Annex III of the Report of the Third Regional Workshop on Gender Statistics in the Arab Countries.

Main outputs

  • List of highest priority gender-related issues and indicators for the Arab region

  • Comments and proposals

See full text of the Report of the Third Regional Workshop.
 

 

Fourth Regional Workshop Beirut, 17-19 June ž2003

Summary
The Workshop on Gender Statistics as a Tool for Policy Formulation and Analysis was organized by ESCWA and brought together users and producers of statistics from member countries as well as representatives and experts from various United Nations specialized agencies.

Objectives
The Workshop was held to assess progress made in strengthening national statistical capacities to produce and disseminate reliable, timely and policy-relevant gender statistics, including strategies to eliminate data gaps and institutional arrangements for mainstreaming gender into statistical processes.

Organization
The two-day workshop was divided into three sessions. Session One focused on gender statistics and policy-making, Session Two was devoted to gender statistics and gender mainstreaming and the topic of
discussion in the Third Session was the improvement of gender statistics.

See the Agenda.

Documentation
Participants shared country experiences and good practices in using gender statistics in policy formulation and in methods for
engendering statistics in a variety of fields.

See list of documents

Main outputs
The workshop ended with participants drafting a list of future directions and recommendations. New priority issues were identified, namely gender-based violence and its associated economic costs as well as information and communication technologies and gender budgeting. Other recommendations pertained to required statistics and indicators, improvement of concepts, collection and dissemination methods, institutional setups, and strategies for capacity building.

List of future directions and recommendations (English)
List of future directions and recommendations (Arabic)


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