Department of Statistics and UN Women accelerate efforts to close the gender data gap in Jordan

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020

Representatives from various departments within the Departments of Statistics (DOS) participate in the introductory workshop on Institutional Capacity Development. Photo: UN Women/ Majd Abu Zaghlan

Representatives from various departments within the Departments of Statistics (DOS) participate in the introductory workshop on Institutional Capacity Development. Photo: UN Women/ Majd Abu Zaghlan

As part of the Making Every Woman and Girl Count initiative, the Department of Statistics (DOS) and UN Women are working towards the implementation of a roadmap to increase the availability, accessibility and use of quality gender data in Jordan. On 9 September, UN Women organized an introductory workshop to strengthen synergies and promote an enabling environment for gender statistics, data production and data use for 18 members of the Institutional Capacity Development (ICD) committee formed under this initiative, which includes representatives from various DOS’s departments.

“In order to effectively include gender-responsive actions in institutional development, there was a need for a road map that could clarify the vision, the strategic plans and goals for gender mainstreaming to be integrated in the DOS’s strategy towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gender-related indicators” said Iqbal Al-Atoum, Head of the Strategic Planning Department at DOS. “This will be achieved through the operational plans, institutional policies and performance indicators, that will help us evaluating and monitoring progress against these goals, while ensuring their achievement” he added.

During the workshop, UN Women presented the findings of the recently completed assessment on gender statistics in Jordan conducted in consultation with national and international partners, including the recommendations on the specific interventions aimed at addressing the needed measures to enhance the production and availability of gender date. The findings of the assessment will feed into the development of the roadmap, which is designed in line with national and international policy commitments towards advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Jordan.

As the leading national entity tasked to provide leadership, coordination and accountability for the government’s action in closing the gender data gap, DOS’s actions will focus on enhancing data collection and analysis to better reflect the situation of gender dynamics and inequalities in Jordan, while boosting advocacy efforts and ensuring close monitoring of all gender-related indicators and targets under the SDGs.

“The regular production of gender statistics and data is vital for drafting policies and to inform decision making processes to ensure that these can benefit the entire society. We have many social issues which need better gender-disaggregated statistics to deliver evidence-based analysis” said Amani Gouda, Head of the Gender Department at DOS.

Moving forward, the ICD committee will expand its work to promote gender mainstreaming within all DOS Units, institutionalizing and sustaining the outcomes of the gender data assessment towards a structured approach within DOS and progressively link gender data and analysis to policy-making, advocacy and monitoring of Jordan’s progress on women’s empowerment.