For this year’s International Day of the Girl, we’re proud to partner with UNICEF to highlight what counts for girls’ progress.
Today we reflect on the progress that has been made so far – and what is yet to be done.
Existing gaps in data on girls and young women, as well as lack of systematic analysis and limited use of existing data, significantly constrain our ability to monitor and communicate the wellbeing and progress of girls. Read UNICEF’s Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls report here.
To advance progress for girls, we support UNICEF’s call for increased investments in order to:
- Enhance national capacity and systems to collect, analyse and disseminate gender data across the age spectrum to improve statistics on gender-based violence, adolescent pregnancy and reproductive health, informal employment, entrepreneurship, unpaid work, and other priorities for girls and young women.
- Disaggregate data on boys and girls and along other dimensions (e.g., ethnicity, age, income-level, disability, location, migration status, etc.) to better understand exactly which children and adolescents are most disadvantaged and where.
- Improve data collection efforts for often undercounted groups – such as data on sexual violence against younger adolescent girls (10-14).
- Harness “big data” and technology to close the gender data gaps in areas where progress for girls is often difficult to measure due to issue sensitivity or the huge data volume required, including through analysis of girls’ opinions on key development issues on social media.
- Remedy the gender bias in existing measurement tools, particularly biases that exclude the most vulnerable. For example, improved data collection tools can prevent underreporting of violence against girls and undercounting of their births and deaths.
- Pilot and scale-up innovative real-time data platforms to monitor and adapt programming for girls, to ensure girls are active participants in program design and that programs achieve the most impactful results.
We look forward to seeing developments in data and analysis across these areas as we continue to work with businesses in East Africa and South Asia.