Gender Development: Similarities and Differences

05 Mar 2008


Gender study presents facts and situations on the similarities and differences
between women and men which is a significant dimension of social equity. Such study needs data from many sources. The Report “Gender Development: Similarities and Differences” is a collaboration between the National Statistical Office (NSO) and the Office of the Women’s Affairs and Family Development (OWAFD). The NSO is the national focal point on the production of key national statistics to support policy planning, monitoring and evaluation of national socio-economic development and the government’s urgent policies.

The OWAFD is the national focal point and has the expertise on the promotion of gender equality. The OWAFD is both the user and producer of gender data. This collaboration represents an important step to fill the gender data gaps both in terms of coverage and relevance. Data collection involves many agencies and organizations, many of them have not collected or processed data in a gender disaggregated manner. It takes time but it is very important to ensure that all parties recognize the importance and benefits of gender-disaggregated data.

This report represents the beginning of an inter-agency collaboration, which will lead to further collaboration on sectoral statistics as envisioned by the National Statistical Master Plan. The Plan calls for the NSO and other government agencies to establish a consolidated national statistical system that integrates data of all government agencies to facilitate an efficient use of data to support various aspects of national development.

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