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- 2007.12.20 |
Global Forum on Gender Statistics, 10-12 December 2007, Rome, Italy
After the IV World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, this World Forum represented the opportunity for relaunching gender statistics at international level, as well as an important tool for developing specific policies. Its main aim was to foster the action of international organizations and national institutes for statistics, emphasizing their best experiences and promoting the debate between users and producers.
The Conference was organized by ISTAT (National Institute of Statistics of Italy) and the United Nations (UNSD, UNDAW, UNFPA, UNECE) in cooperation with the Department for Rights and Equal Opportunities, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank. Several staff of the MAI- Bari and GEWAMED participated in the event.
The major outcome of the Forum is that gender statistics play a fundamental role in promoting social changes, contributing to eliminate stereotypes and better understand the actual condition of both men and women, and above all in providing a solid base to formulate gender policies and evaluate the necessary measures to be taken towards the achievement of full gender democracy. Thatís why it is of utmost importance to improve gender statistics by allocating financial resources for their production. The presence of numerous institutions, such as national statistical offices, ministries, womenís organizations, development partners, international agencies and UN entities testifies the growing interest in mainstreaming gender into statistical systems, and the urgent need to accelerate progress in this field. The general feeling was that the Forum should be the first of a series of international meetings on gender statistics to be held annually with the purpose of promoting the advancement of quality gender statistics among decision makers and other stakeholders.
Very interesting was the session on measuring violence against women. The importance of carrying out surveys on violence against women was stressed, as well as the adequate methodologies to be used in order to pay attention to the emotional trauma of the victim and create a good climate of confidence. In such a context, surveys represent the only way to know the incidence and prevalence of the various forms of violence, their seriousness, intensity and dynamics, the risk factors, the perpetrators and their relationship with the victim, as well as the type of injuries which vary according to the kind of violence.
The meeting also placed considerable emphasis in engendering population censuses and considerable progress is being mad in this area. On the other hand scarce reference was made to agricultural censuses. Unfortunately few references were made to the access of women to basic resources and in particular to land and water resources. Several papers made emphasis on the huge contribution made by women through the informal sectors of the economy and in particular trough unpaid work where the contribution of women to the total unpaid work was estimated to be more than 60% in several countries.
Very interesting was also the launching of GenderInfo 2007, an initiative of the United Nations Statistics Division, produced in collaboration with the United Nations Childrenís Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in response to the continuous demand by users for a gender statistics database. It is a global database of gender statistics and indicators on a wide range of policy areas, including population, families, health, education, work, and political participation. It presents the most up to date country-level statistics available as of October 2007 and can be used by governments, international organizations, advocacy groups, researchers and others in need of statistics for planning, analysis, advocacy and awareness-raising. Users will find in Gender Info a simple but comprehensive tool to shed light on gender issues through customizable tables, graphs and maps.
Most of the documents presented at the Forum can be downloaded at the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) web site or at ISTAT website www.istat.it.