Gender and Indicators

What does a world without gender inequality look like? Realising this vision requires inspiring and mobilising social change. But what would indicate we are on the right track - and how will we know when we get there? Gender-sensitive indicators and other measurements of change are critical - for building the case for taking gender (in)equality seriously, for enabling better planning and actions, and for holding institutions accountable for their commitments on gender.

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking on these questions - with an Overview Report outlining key issues, a Supporting Resources Collection providing summaries of key texts, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations in this field, and a Gender and Development In Brief newsletter with three short articles on the theme.

Gender and Indicators Cutting Edge Pack - Supporting Resources Collection

What practical lessons have been learned by those striving to identify progress that has been made towards gender equality, and how can they be of use to others? What approaches, indicators and statistics work in different regional and sectoral contexts? Such questions are frequently asked by policy-makers and practitioners who are involved in work such as: tracking the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming initiatives; measuring change in so-called especially ‘hard to measure’ areas such as poverty, empowerment, gender based violence and conflict; and monitoring and strengthening international instruments and indices. This Supporting Resources Collection provides summaries on key writings, tools and initiatives relating to gender and indicators with the aim of presenting a comprehensive overview of conceptual and methodological approaches. It highlights good practice examples and case studies from the grassroots to the international level. It also summarises toolkits designed to facilitate advocacy, programming and training; lists databases of gender statistics and provides networking and contact details of organisations working on gender and indicators.

Gender and Development In Brief ‘Gender and Indicators’ – edition 19

In Brief is a six page newsletter that aims to stimulate thinking on a priority gender theme. This edition focuses on gender, indicators and measurements of change, starting with an overview article, followed by two distinctive case studies highlighting practical responses to key issues.

In the first, which examines the revisiting of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) international Gender-related Development Indices (GDI) and Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), short and long-term recommendations for change are made. These include providing clear guidance on how the GDI and GEM should be interpreted and developing an alternative composite ‘female deprivation’ measure, composed of dimensions such as violence against women. The greatest challenge is to develop measures that can incorporate how broader enabling environments (e.g. legal and institutional frameworks) affect individual outcomes, such as literacy rates.

In the second article the example of participatory monitoring from Swayamsiddha, an innovative local project in India, shows how by developing indicators from the ground up project monitoring is seen less as ‘policing’ by external people and the results are more truly owned by those involved.