A data series of county-level development indicators has been published to strengthen the evidence base for decision makers and guide gender equality programming at the local level in alignment with UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs).
The County Gender Data Sheets were developed by Kenya’s Council of Governors (CoG) and the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), in partnership with UN Women, to establish evidence on gender dimensions across core thematic areas related to health, education, women’s economic empowerment, leadership and persons with disabilities (PWD). The series included gender data for ten pilot counties: Baringo, Bomet, Kakamega, Kilifi, Kirinyaga, Kisumu, Kitui, Marsabit, Meru and Turkana.
The County Specific Gender data sheets will form a baseline for gender statistics and provide information that will be used in tracking progress of implementation of gender equality and women empowerment indicators including SDG #5.
– CEO Council of Governors Jaqueline Mogeni
I wish to emphasise the importance of both levels of government ensuring that data is gender disaggregated, PWD disaggregated, age disaggregated and any other disaggregation that will improve equality, equity and influence the quality of policies. Our ability to measure what we do and what milestones we are gaining in our development as governments is purely based on data that is appropriately disaggregated.
The project was supported through the UN’s flagship programme Women Count which seeks to increase the availability of accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights on a global level in order to inform policy and decision-making.
On a global level, there is a significant gap of reliable and consistent data on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. This data cuts across all the SDGs: 80 per cent of the indicators for gender equality across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are lacking data. Only 41 per cent of countries regularly produce violence against women data; 15 per cent of countries have legislation that mandates specialized gender-based surveys; and only 13 per cent of countries have a dedicated gender statistics budget.
It is hoped this partnership can grow beyond the ten counties in this series and incorporate gender data across the remaining 37 counties to ensure a nationwide evidence base for planning and budgeting in Kenya.