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September 2020

AODN September Resource List

AODN September Resource List

This monthly resource list puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

  • What AODN is reading this Month

Our Reading list this month focuses on the place of data and evidence in the push for gender equality.

Focus On: Gender Data 

Devex has put together informative resources on Gender Data under this focus area. This initiative is powered by UN Women, it highlights how data is being used to inform policy and advocacy to advance gender equality in different parts of the world. 

Advocating for a Stronger Evidence Base for Gender Equality: An analysis of Gender Data and Knowledge gaps 

Women Deliver conducted a desk review of existing gender data gaps with an intersectional lens. This working paper contains more than 150 gender data and knowledge gaps across nine thematic areas. The gaps demonstrate where the collection of new data, or the expansion of an evidence base, is necessary to advance gender equality efforts. This working paper can be used by advocates, policymakers, and implementers to make the case for the collection of data and evidence, including through research, with a gender lens across various topic areas. 

The Absence of women in Covid-19 Response

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting women and girls. Given that, it is all the more important that COVID-19 responses are gendered, and that women and girls can participate in making the decisions that affect them, as is their right. Although women are on the frontlines of the crisis in their homes, communities, and health care facilities, they are often excluded from the community and national decision-making processes and governance structures that determine the response. Read more on the conspicuous absence of women in Covid-19 response and why we need them. 

Knowledge Brief: Invest in Gender Data for COVID-19 Recovery and SDG Progress

This brief illustrates the broad picture of current gender data needs as it relates to COVID-19 response and SDG progress, and recommends actions governments can take to fill these gaps and build a more equitable future.

The Case for Data: How CRVS systems can help improve gender equity 

As governments around the world rush to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide medical, nutritional, and financial support where it is most needed, the importance of a well-functioning CRVS system has been thrown into sharp relief. Devex explores how the access to and the smart use of accurate and complete data about the age and family structure of populations in specific towns or villages, as well as the locations and cause can bring long-benefits

From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19

This publication summarizes the data, research, and policy work produced by UN Women on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, including how it is affecting extreme poverty, employment, health, unpaid care, and violence against women and girls. The publication also brings into focus the paucity of gender data and calls for greater investment and prioritization of data on the gendered effects of the crisis. 

Equal Measures 2030: Bending the Curve towards Gender Equality

2020 marks 25 years since the landmark 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s rights and is just 10 years from the endpoint for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This research sheds light on what progress has been made on a set of key gender equality issues and how much faster the world needs to move to reach key targets linked to the SDGs.

Melinda Gates: Sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response

Without a clear picture of the devastation, responses to Covid-19 risk leaving out millions of women and girls and slowing recovery. If governments, for instance, aren’t counting the number of women who’ve had to drop out of the workforce, they may overlook the urgent need for child care legislation. Melinda Gates explains why sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response.

  • Upcoming Events

75th Session of the U.N General Assembly (New York, 23 September 2020) 

Presentation of commitments and results of the Beijing+25 process and the Generation Equality Forum at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Virtual UN World Data Forum (19th-21st October 2020) 

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics and developed through an open call for session proposals. The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users, and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities.

Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits, and virtual forums.

The Devex UHC Pavilion (22nd- 24th September 2020 ) 

Devex will host the second edition of UHC Pavilion. This edition will comprise a virtual series of events exploring different roads to making progress on Universal Health Coverage. The return of the UHC Pavilion aims to reflect on the outcomes emerging from last year’s High-level Meeting on UHC, in addition to assessing the pace of progress amid a global pandemic.

The Pavilion will take place over three days, creating a springboard for collaboration and collective action to advance crucial conversations covering a wide range of health-related topics, all of which will explore the future of global health and UHC through different lenses.

UNESCO high-level panel: Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope– (28th September 2020) 

Marking the first celebration of the Day after the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019, “Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing” will serve as an important intervention in times of global uncertainty. It will address the significance of access to information legislation and implementations, besides, the role of media and information literacy and open access, all as powerful instruments for mitigation of crises.

OGP 2020 Virtual Leadership Summit –  (24th September 2020)

Building on OGP’s Open Response + Open Recovery campaign to promote accountability, transparency, and inclusivity in our collective response to COVID-19, OGP will host the 2020 Virtual Leaders Summit, a virtual gathering of leaders in government and civil society who have played a central role in their countries to ensure a full, fair, and inclusive response and recovery.

  • Webinars   

Open Talks Webinar: Access to Information, Transparency, and Openness: Taking Forward Agenda 2030 in Times of Crisis (28th September 2020)

This Webinar will discuss international standards of upholding the right to information, and how such practices create transparency and openness required to navigate crises.

In case you missed it

Data2x: How to Build Successful Partnerships Using Gender Data

In this webinar hosted by Plus Social Good, Data2X’s Nina Rabinovitch Blecker and Equal Measures 2030’s (EM2030) Anne Connell join forces to discuss how to mobilize successful partnerships around gender data, drawing on experiences from Data2X and Equal Measure 2030’s ongoing partnership, as well as other partnerships related to various areas of Data2X and EM2030’s work.

Watch the webinar.

  • Available Courses/Training

Data4SDGs: Gender Data 101

Gender Data 101 is a 5-week blended online course featuring live events with gender and data experts. The course begins with establishing a foundation of gender and data and ends with actionable steps to employ gender data to create impactful programs. The course delves into best practices, methodologies, and tools to utilize when working with gender data. Additionally, Gender Data 101 engages learners to limit biases, close gender gaps, and incorporate intersectional thinking throughout each step of the gender data lifecycle.

UN SDG Learn: E-training on Gender Statistics 

This online course is designed to support the establishment of a strong foundation of knowledgeable practitioners (users and producers of statistics) for the development of gender statistics at the country level and to promote continued capacity building and learning by producers and users of these

PARIS 21 Academy: Communicating Gender Statistics for Gender Equality 

This course is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men. Through 4 modules, the course introduces journalists and statisticians to the unique and complementary roles they each can play in promoting gender equality through gender data, highlighting opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the two communities.

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