The Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series on "Harnessing Time-use Data for Evidence-based Policy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" was held on Monday, 9 August 2021, 12:00-13:00 (GMT+7).
About the Session
Time-use surveys and statistics have become an essential component of the international statistical toolbox since their introduction through social surveys more than a century ago. These surveys provide a detailed time accounting of activities people engage in through their day-to-day lives. Time-use data can offer crucial insights into the formulation and monitoring of gender-responsive public policies and development strategies on a diverse range of areas with implications for the lives of women, men, girls and boys. Such policy areas include, for instance, addressing constraints faced by women in participating in the labour market, accessing education, training and healthcare; expanding understandings of poverty to encompass the manifestations and implications of “time poverty”; addressing quality and affordability of childcare provision and care of older persons; as well as enhancing benefits for women and girls through public investment in infrastructure development and basic social services.
While over 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have conducted time-use data collection through nearly 100 collection exercises, the use and analysis of the data for policy purposes has been very limited, one reason being the limited awareness of the policy applications of such data.