This blog, written by Wikigender Coordinator Estelle Loiseau, gives some highlights of the Wikigender online discussion on “Data Gaps on Gender Equality”, which in its last week focused on the civic and political participation of women.*
In this final week participants discussed on where the gaps are and where improvements can be made in terms of data on women’s civic and political participation.
Where are some of the data gaps and issues ?
- In the case of Chile, there is some gender data in terms of female representation in the electoral system, but no statistics on attitudes to female political participation and agency
- There is a lack of indicators on women’s collective action
- There are issues of sisues of coverage and frequency for attitudinal surveys. We need a global push for harmonisation on key questions such as attitudes towards female political participation – and this includes more political will too!
- Apart from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which collects data on women in parliament, there is no equivalent for the sub-national level
- For PARIS21, we are a the beginning of the ideal sequence (illustrated as per the diagram below); there might be some administrative open data, but it is a question of priority setting to address the multiple demands and limited resources.
What type of data do we need?
- We need a focus on how women use digital platforms for political activities – we need surveys to understand who the users of such platforms are
- We need data on vulnerable women: in the case of Latin America, women of Indigenous and African descent face the greatest barriers to political participation
- There are some examples of projects that focus on attitudinal information: Through the SWMENA project (Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa), country-specific but comparable surveys are produced on how women in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen see themselves as members of society.
Some unanswered questions
- Can big data and ICT technologies bridge those data gaps?
- What is the role of national and international institutes in that process?
- How can the EU and Latin America cooperate on women’s political participation, amongst other issues?
“It would be interesting to also see whether we can better capture what women’s civic participation can do for the development of communities in general, and for women in particular. The collective action for women may have more impact in that respect. Are there any initiatives to capture that impact anywhere?” – Keiko Nowacka
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We are now in the process of reading all the contributions to this discussion and we will soon share the synthesis report from the whole discussion. Stay tuned on www.wikigender.org!
*The discussion is brought to you by Wikigender, the UN Foundation, Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC), the EU-LAC Foundation, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), ECLAC and PARIS21 – and in collaboration with Wikiprogress and Wikichild.