BRIDGE Occasional paper: UNDP/BRIDGE panel discussion on gender sensitive indicators and measurements of change, 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Jan 2007
The Gender Team at the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and BRIDGE at the Institute of Development Studies, (IDS), UK, undertook an Expert Panel Discussion on Gender Sensitive Indicators and Measurements of Change at the 51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, in March 2007. This document provides an overview of the presentations and main discussion points. Chaired by Rachel Mayanja, UN Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, the panel comprised of four specialists on gender and indicators - followed by discussion. Annalise Moser presented the BRIDGE/UNDP Overview Report - part of the Cutting Edge Pack on gender and indicators - concluding that gender-sensitive data alone does not improve gender equality: it needs to be used. Caren A. Grown spoke on the three domains of transformation for gender equality identified by the UN Millennium Project (MP) Task Force on Millennium Development Goal 3 - capabilities, access to resources and opportunities: and security. Hanny Cueva Beteta discussed how to measure progress and reflected on the tension between global standards and context specificities. She presented statistical analyses of the relationship between indicators to show how the results or the picture of inequality/equality significantly changes depending on the indicator used. Cecilia Alemany, the discussant, highlighted the recent launch of Social Watch's Gender Equity Index.