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Data2X: Closing Gender Data Gaps

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Data2X: Closing Gender Data Gaps

About Data2X

Data2X, named for the power women have to multiply progress in their societies, works to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment by building partnerships to improve data collection and use to guide policy, better leverage investments, and spur global economic and social progress. The initiative, led by the United Nations Foundation, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and ongoing collaboration with the Office of Hillary Clinton, serves as a platform for partners to work together for improved data collection and use.

Mapping Gender Data Gaps

As a first step, Data2X identified 28 global gender data gaps across five domains: health, education, economic opportunities, political participation, and human security. The 28 gaps were singled out based on need, population coverage, and policy relevance. The gaps are captured in a Mapping Report, available at www.data2x.org, which synthesizes available sources of gender data, data gaps, and ways forward.

Gender Data Partnerships

Data2X has selected actionable global gender data gaps based on international awareness and growing momentum on the need to address the data gap, relative ease in closing the gap, and population coverage, or the number of girls or women who stand to benefit from closing the gap.

The initiative encourages the formation of gender data partnerships centered on new commitments or strengthening a gender component of ongoing data efforts. Data2X will consider data quality and efficiency, openness and accessibility, and usability when vetting data partnerships. Data2X encourages mining existing data sources before initiating new data collection efforts.    

To see a complete list of gender data partnerships and for more information, please visit www.data2x.org.