Despite considerable progress in
the status of women, inequalities persist. Statistics on critical
gender issues are needed because they are the basis of policies
promoting women's participation and advancement in society. Gender
statistics portray the status of women compared to men and serve as
tools for measuring progress towards gender equality and the
empowerment of women.
ESCWA, in coordination with the UNDP, UNICEF, CAWTAR, AGFUND and
has launched the
Development of National Gender
Statistics Programmes in the Arab Countries (GSP).
GSP aims to enhance national capabilities in the production, use and
dissemination of gender statistics to lead to more effective
policies promoting change for the benefit of women and the
advancement of society as a whole.
Since 1997 GSP activities have commenced on both the regional and
national levels in twelve Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon,
Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen.
This website is for users and producers of gender
statistics in government departments, non-governmental
organizations, research centres and universities, as well as
legislators, women's advocates and the media.
The website aims to:
Shed light on the importance of
mainstreaming gender into research and analysis, decision making
and policy formulation
Highlight key gender issues and
required gender indicators in the Arab countries
Promote the production,
dissemination and use of gender statistics in the region
Provide easy and free-for-all access
to existing statistics through a regional database