G Is In Handbook

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 since the 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

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