Quality statistics needed in ensuring gender equality in Africa: UNECA official-Xinhua

Quality statistics needed in ensuring gender equality in Africa: UNECA official

Source: Xinhua| 2024-07-09 20:33:00|Editor: huaxia

ADDIS ABABA, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The impact of recent global shocks on Africa's financing landscape has significantly affected the momentum toward gender equality and women's empowerment in Africa, a senior official of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has said.

The statement was made by Oliver Chinganya, director of the African Center for Statistics at the UNECA, on Monday while addressing the opening session of the Africa Gender Statistics Forum, which is held on July 8-12 virtually and in-person in Gaborone, Botswana, under the theme "Pooling Together for Gender Statistics: Financing the Numbers that Make Women and Girls Count."

"Africa's financing landscape has been worsened by recent global shocks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and climate threats; and the financing gap for the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa is estimated at 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars per year," he said.

Chinganya said recent estimates by the African Center for Statistics show that at the current pace, gender equality will only be achieved in 2094 in Africa.

He said that the lack of harmonized collection and use of gender statistics in Africa is hindering continental and national efforts toward women empowerment and gender equality.

The forum, among other things, aims at linking gender statistics financing for accelerated progress toward gender equality and women's empowerment, according to the UNECA.

The UNECA called on African countries to make better use of limited resources through sharing best practices and developing common strategies to rationalize, harmonize and improve the measurement and use of gender statistics, as a critical enabler to make informed decisions in ensuring gender equality.

According to Chinganya, harmonized and quality statistics provide a basis for good decision-making and help African governments identify the best course of action in addressing development problems, as well as gender-specific development initiatives.

He underscored the need to harness new technologies, including geospatial information systems, to improve data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and archiving capabilities, and facilitate access to national, sub-regional and regional databases.