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
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
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
Pre-workshop training exercise The main objectives, activities and
outputs of the pre-workshop exercise
are summarized in thetable.
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
Availability and quality of data
Compilation and analysis of gender
Presentation of gender statistics
Development of gender statistics
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.
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
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
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
Main outputs The main output was a set of
strategies for improving gender statistics at the national and
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
The workshop was divided into four sessions in which each of the
following subjects were addressed:
Priority gender issues in the Arab
Gender statistics and related
New measurement methods: time-use
Dissemination using a regional
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.
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.
List of highest priority
gender-related issues and indicators for the Arab region
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
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.
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
discussion in the
Third Session was the improvement of gender statistics.
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
List of future directions and recommendations (English)
List of future directions and recommendations (Arabic)