Tracking progress on gender equality through data
Governments of the Lower Mekong countries affirm their commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through an adoption of the SDG agenda. To monitor the progress, accessing gender statistics is critical. However, in the Lower Mekong Region, gender statistics such as Gender Inequality Index (GII) are only available at the national level, primarily to serve the purpose of reporting to international community. Sex disaggregated data at sub-national levels are not always publicly accessible. This makes it difficult to track the performance of promoting gender equality within a country.
The Gender Equality Monitoring (GEM) platform offers open access to officially published data and periodically updated sex disaggregated data repository. It visualizes gender gaps at subnational level in various sectors such as education, health, employment, access to information, intra-household decisionmaking, political participation, as well as gender inequality index (GII). These are starting points to further explore the causes and more complex dynamics of gender inequality.
Data in the GEM Platform can be used for free by gender advocates, policymakers, researchers and development practitioners to:
- Identify gender data gaps in sectors at sub-national level
- Establish baseline data for tracking gender inequality
- Understand subnational level dynamics that contribute to gender inequality
- Increase interministerial cooperation on data collection, data sharing, gender analysis and gender-responsive planning