"The region must take steps forward towards energy policies with a gender perspective", Sissy Larrea, Equity and Gender Advisor of OLADE.
The XVI International Meeting on Gender Statistics was held this September 9 to 11, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. It was organized by the National Institute of Women (INMUJERES), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Statistical Conference of the Americas, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).
This year the XVI International Meeting on Gender Statistics aims to reflect and share best practices for achieving gender equality and statistical challenges involving the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development Post 2015.
The event was attended by OLADE. The Equality and Gender Advisor, Sissy Larrea was part of the 4th panel on "Statistics on time and unpaid work". In his presentation she discussed gender statistics and energy.
The meeting was also attended by Nancy Folbre, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts and Ana Isabel Rojas from the National Women's Institute of Costa Rica (INAMU).
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In 2000, UN Women, the INEGI and INMUJERES agreed on the need to initiate an international dialogue with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to assist in the strengthening of knowledge generation, dissemination and use of gender statistics for public equality policies. This should be done in the light of the main areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the binding mandate of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convención de Belém do Pará". In that year it was organized the First International Meeting on Gender Statistics.
Thus, a solid strategic alliance was built, and in 2006 the Gender Affairs Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) joined this innitiative. One of the most remarkable developments of this alliance was the creation of the Working Group on Gender Statistics (GTEG) of the Statistical Conference of the Americas (SCA) of ECLAC. This was approved by the CEA at its IV Conference of 2007.
To date, fifteen international meetings have been organized, which have promoted the exchange of best practices and lessons learned in the production and use of information for the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, as well as academic analysis of information from a gender perspective. Meetings have been held at the headquarters of INEGI in Aguascalientes, Mexico sponsored by INMUJERES, INEGI, UN Women and ECLAC.
GTEG's work is part of the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action among which is the establishment and strengthening of national mechanisms for the advancement of women in order to design, implement and evaluate the incorporation of the gender perspective in legislation, policies, programs and projects, based on solid statistical data showing how various social issues differentially affect women and men. Thus, gender statistics have become an essential tool for public policy, accountability and to evaluate the progress of women in the world.
International meetings on gender statistics have strengthened the relationship between information producers and users of gender statistics, by spreading knowledge, promoting dialogue and strengthening skills of staff and officials of national statistical offices (NSOs ), mechanisms for the advancement of women (MAM) and other institutions responsible for public policy. This strategic partnership between the institutions producing and using statistical information has become very important to visualize both, gender progress and disparities.
The Beijing Platform for Action was set out to achieve gender equality in all aspects of life; however, no country has met that program. In this sense, the Platform is still in force, and its 20th anniversary offers new opportunities to renew ties, revitalize the commitments made by the States that signed the agreement, and strengthen the political will to promote the advancement of women and achieving gender equality.
In addition, this year's deadline is also true for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Therefore, the Members of the United Nations, the UN system, the civil society and the academia, among others, are working to identify the shape and priorities of a development agenda for the next 15 years, it is universal, transforming and rights-based. During discussions on the post-2015 agenda development, most of the actors have stressed that one of the strengths of the MDGs scheme is having clear objectives and specific targets for measurable indicators and measures with explicit dates in order to achieving the goals, which, as noted by the UN Secretary General, they were trustworthy since they seem realistic and feasible.
However, the MDGs did not include critical issues to the groups that suffer the greatest effects of inequality among women and girls, are, as human rights, good governance and violence. Therefore, the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG) should be more ambitious and progress in achieving its goals should also be monitored with relevant data, with different levels of disaggregation, such as gender, ethnicity, age, disability and socioeconomic status, so that the unequal distribution of wealth, resources and gender gaps to promote evidence-based policy and strengthen accountability is reflected.
In February 2013, the Statistical Commission of the United Nations adopted 52 minimum indicators to measure gender equality and adopted nine indicators to measure violence against women. Also in the Rio + 20 it was established a Group of Open Work (GDTA) on the MDGs. In September last year, the GDTA presented a report containing the proposal of 17 MDGs to the UN General Assembly, including MDGs 5: Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls. In September 2015, the States adopted the MDGs and in 2016 and will reach agreement on indicators for follow-up and monitoring.
It is a fact that to achieve sustainable and inclusive development is essential to reduce inequalities, particularly about gender. Discrimination against women and girls affects the progress of countries. The global development agenda should monitor the elimination of gender inequality gaps and modify the structural factors underlying inequality and gender violence. In this process gender statistics will play a key role.
Currently, we have more and better statistical information on gender issues, the rights and empowerment of women, thanks to the work undertaken in the last twenty years by ONE and MAM.
Thus, the XVI International Meeting on Gender Statistics will be a space to reflect on how to adopt and adapt the MDGs to the needs, priorities and possibilities of the countries of the region, the availability of data and levels of disaggregation but also to pay to the discussion on the necessary capacity building and strengthening methodologies for the production and use of information as well as on the development of gender indicators related to human rights and the advancement of women and girls on issues such as poverty, access to productive , financial and technological assets, unpaid care work, statistics of violence against women and girls, women's participation in decision-making, among others.