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.