"The Advancement of women and the achievement of equality between women and men are the only way to build a sustainable, just and developed society."
Platform for Action, Fourth World Conference on Women
Beijing, 1995

The Development of National Gender Statistics Programmes in the Arab countries (GSP) was conceived and implemented in light of the Beijing Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women which recognized the importance of incorporating a gender perspective in policies related to all areas of society. 

GSP is a regional project being executed by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Statistics Division and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Research Development Centre (IDRC). Other collaborating agencies include the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) and the Arab Gulf Programme for  United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND). Since 1997, national and regional work has commenced in twelve participant countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.

GSP engages a variety of producers and users of gender statistics. Producers include statisticians from national statistical offices. Users include ministries/departments of women's affairs as well as universities, research centres and non-governmental organizations in the field of gender and development.

The aim and objectives of the project, as well as principle activities and outputs, can be viewed in the GSP descriptionThe GSP work plan with details of national implementation and regional implementation is also available.