We need to measure the gender gap in education, political empowerment, health and survival, and economic participation and opportunity. This means we need disaggregation of all development data by gender. No matter how you cut it—socially, economically, legally—girls and women in the poorest countries get a raw deal.

This goal is about the girl denied an education or forced into marriage. The mother who risks death when she gives life. The farmer prevented from owning the land she works on. Data is critical in the fight for gender equality. Proof of marriage can help women to obtain nationality, or at least residency, in a country and, in some societies, protect their rights of access to, and guardianship of, children.

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program gathers sex-disaggregated information from 82 countries on key issues like HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. Advocates have used this gender disaggregated data to push for, and win, national legislation prohibiting domestic violence in a number of countries and to effect programming changes based on the finding that young women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Women’s status in society has become the standard by which humanity’s progress toward civility and peace can be measured."

Mahnaz Afkhami



Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.


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9:00 am March 21 - 1:00 pm March 23, 2018

Data for Development Festival

21-23 March 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom
April 27, 2017

SDGs Data in the Classroom

With the use of data visualization and portals, a Geography teacher is dissecting complex issues and communicating the SDGs in the classroom.
June 13, 2016

Sierra Leone plugs into the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

What does Sierra Leone's road to harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development look like? A recent workshop co-organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data served as a chance to review recent milestones and chart the course ahead.
April 29, 2016

Colombia Welcomes the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to discuss Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development

Colombia welcomed the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data for a series of workshops and discussions on ways to harness the data revolution for sustainable development.
April 26, 2016

Harnessing the data revolution for an AIDS-free generation

A Data Revolution is underway at the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to accelerate progress toward reaching the bold HIV prevention and treatment targets set by President Obama and, ultimately, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
March 22, 2017

From Texts to Tweets to Satellites: The Power of Big Data to Fill Gender Data Gaps

A new report on Big Data and the Well-Being of Women and Girls demonstrates how four big data sources can be harnessed to fill gender data gaps and inform policy aimed at mitigating global gender inequality.