Gender and Culture Statistics

About the Gender Statistics

Gender statistics are an important tool to raise public awareness of the living conditions of women and men. It also provides policy makers with data to facilitate changes to government's policies affecting women and men differently and provides an unbiased source of information to monitor the actual and real effects of these policies and programs on the lives of women and men.

Visit the Gender NMDI data base.

Why do we need Gender Statistics?

There has been a long standing focus on achieving equality between women and men in the Pacific, with legal and policy commitments expressed in a range of national, regional and international instruments such as:

National constitutions and legislation

Pacific Plan (2005, revised 2007)

Pacific Platform for Action on Advancement of Women and Gender Equality (1994, revised 2004)

UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (adopted in 1979)

Beijing Platform for Action (1995)

Millennium Development Goals (2000)

In order to implement and monitor measures to achieve these commitments, Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) need evidence of the current situation of women and men and how this is changing over time. This information is critical for law-making, policy-making, international human rights reporting, and national, regional and international advocacy. Despite this, the availability, accessibility and use of statistics on the situation of women and men continue to be weak across the region.

SPC’s work to develop gender statistics has been initiated in response to requests from PICTs. The regional gender statistics framework provides guidance on the common indicators used for monitoring gender equality. Work to implement this framework will strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems to collect and maintain these data and of national law and policy makers to use them for more effective and sustainable progress.

Gender Indicators of the Pacific

Based on international standards, SPC has developed a framework of gender indicators which includes information on:

  • PopulationGenderImg
  • Families and households
  • Marriage
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Work and employment
  • Health
  • Public life and decision-making
  • Crime and justice
  • Legislative environment
  • Media and mass communications

SPC is currently working with governments and development partners to collate available data across the framework and the results will be featured on this website. This is work in progress, and pages will continue to be updated as indicators are compiled and related materials become available.

About the Culture Statistics

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The collection and analysis of cultural statistics will help promote the growth of the Pacific cultural industries and main-streaming culture into economic and social policy. Cultural statistics are a means of formalising what is currently viewed as an informal sector in spite of its considerable contribution to economic and social well-being.

Visit the Culture NMDI data base.

Cultural Indicators in the Pacific

There is an increased focus on culture and development in the Pacific, particularly in the context of economic valuing and human development, and the role of cultural statistics and related indicators in assessing, planning and monitoring of cultural heritages like language, beliefs, values, philosophies, religion, legends, performing arts, arts, music, symbols, clothes, traditional knowledge systems, traditional skills about medicine, agriculture, fisheries, plants and people’s relationships as well as cultural site preservation and related practices. We will specifically dedicate pages on related indicators. This is work in progress, and pages will continue to be updated as indicators are derived and related materials become available.

Current resources on Culture Statistics in the Pacific include:

pdf icon 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics 1.6MB
pdf icon 2010 Paper on Culture Statistics and Indicators (23rd Meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts)0.1MB
pdf icon 2011 Cultural_Statistics_Meeting_Report 0.9MB