Toward Inclusive Growth: Planning for equitable development results for women and men in Central, West Asia and the Caucasus
10-11 October 2012
Last update: 12 November 2012
All of the ADB’s Central and West Asian developing member countries (DMCs)1 are state parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In acceding to this treaty, the governments have to fulfill their state obligation of reporting their progress in implementing CEDAW to the United Nations. However, the quality and quantity of gender data, which could enable evidence-based documentation and monitoring of the status of women, and planning for gender equality results, remain inadequate.
While there are established data collection mechanisms on concerns such as labor and employment, incomes, education, health, etc., technical capacity to undertake and coordinate collection, analysis and dissemination of sex-disaggregated data is not yet fully developed in Central and West Asia DMCs. Articulation of the need for support in further capacity building was affirmed in the institutional assessment report2 and during the validation workshops held with DMC stakeholders.3
The ADB organizeed this conference in cooperation with the UNESCAP to support the strengthening of capacities of key state institutions mandated to measure, plan and monitor development strategies in their respective countries. Inter-agency cooperation for mainstreaming gender into statistics production and use in development planning was a key approach, premised on the acknowledgement of women’s issues as cross cutting. Knowledge gained by participants from this conference would enhance their ability to gender mainstream national planning for better development results for men and women and to track results in gender equality, which was also relevant for international reporting.
Most importantly, increased capacity of government institutions to produce and use high quality and robust gender data was expected to contribute to reducing inequalities between women and men, allowing gender-inclusive growth.
Information/ Logistics Note
Directory of Participants, Speakers and the Secretariat
Session 1: Gender statistics and its links to development planning: theory and good practices
A. Why gender statistics is important for evidence based development planning
B. Elements of the gender statistics framework: a theoretical overview
C. Statistics as evidence for inclusive growth planning: Sweden
D. Gender Dimension of Social Protection Index: Findings for Central, West Asia and Caucusus Region
Session 2: Promoting demand and use of gender data in national planning systems
A. Parallel Session 1: Sharing experiences and strategies in increasing gender data demand for national planning
B. Gender statistics in Central and West Asia: Findings of the situational analysis
C. Mainstreaming gender into economic policies: Trends in Central Asian and Caucasus countries (by video link)
Session 3: Current initiatives by international agencies towards standard gender data sets for better monitoring and comparability of development results
A. Gender statistics: Linking global and regional initiatives
B. ADB’s framework of inclusive growth indicators and opportunities for enhancing gender equality
C. Parallel Session 2: Gender data availability and production requirements: what indicators do we have and how were they collected?
Session 4: Effective strategies for communicating gender data
A. Exhibit of gender statistics products by participating countries
B. Communicating gender data: selected good practices
C. Groupwork: Next steps and actions
To see video The Magic Washing Machine by Hans Rosling: video link
____________________ 1 Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 2 Gender Statistics in Central and West Asia: A Situational Analysis, publication in process 3 Financed under the ADB Regional Technical Assistance (RETA 7563) ‘Promoting Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asian DMCs’