Press release: Alwaleed Philanthropies joins UN Women’s groundbreaking global initiative to close gender data gaps

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Media Contacts:
Alwaleed Philanthropies: anna.richardson[at]portland-communications.com
UN Women: media.team[at]unwomen.org

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Secretary General, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Secretary General, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud at UN Women Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

(New York, 26 September)—Alwaleed Philanthropies today joined UN Women’s groundbreaking public-private initiative, “Making Every Woman and Girl Count,” which aims to improve the production, accessibility and use of gender statistics of around the world. Through better production and use of data that record the realities of women and men, girls and boys, this flagship initiative supports a more timely and efficient implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal roadmap adopted by world leaders in 2015 to achieve sustainable development by 2030. 

What gets measured gets prioritized and what gets prioritized gets done. Statistics showing the differences in achievements between men and women and girls and boys—commonly referred to as gender statistics—have been marginalized in data production and usage. Today, less than a third of the data needed for monitoring the gender-specific commitments in the SDGs is currently available, with six of the SDGs having no indicators with explicit mentions of women and girls. The lack of timely and regular gender data hampers adequate monitoring and risks the loss of significant gains in terms of global commitments.

Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Secretary General, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud signs on to UN Women's Making Every Woman and Girl Count initiative with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Secretary General, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud signs on to UN Women's Making Every Woman and Girl Count initiative with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Launched in 2016, Making Every Woman and Girl Count aims to address this challenge by enabling a radical shift in the production, availability, accessibility and use of quality gender-relevant data and statistics.

By announcing a USD 2.5 million investment, Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Secretary General, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud, joins a committed group of gender data champions currently supporting the programme including the governments of Australia, Ireland, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majed AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies said: “I am delighted to join this impressive group of global champions on gender data and we look forward to contributing to UN Women’s ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ programme. Our new partnership means this exemplary initiative will help bring meaningful change to how we make and measure progress in advancing the rights of women and girls. At Alwaleed Philanthropies, we strongly believe that it is only through strong and effective collaboration, that we can build a more tolerant, prosperous, and accepting world.”

Announcing the partnership, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “It is unacceptable that a lack of data is often used as a pretext for lack of action. ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ provides a critical multi-stakeholder platform to ensure that all women and girls are counted and visible, so that there is no excuse for inaction. We are delighted that Alwaleed Philanthropies has decided to join in this urgent and important endeavour.” 

The five-year long UN Women programme provides support to 12 pathfinder countries to improve the production and use of gender statistics to monitor the implementation of gender equality commitments in the 2030 Agenda. Adequate monitoring frameworks will in turn inform policies and programmes to spur meaningful and lasting changes in the lives of women and girls everywhere.

Notes to Editor

For more information on UN Women’s programme on gender data, Making Every Woman and Girl Count, see: http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/flagship-programmes/making-every-woman-and-girl-count

About Alwaleed Philanthropies:

For over 38 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects in over 164 countries regardless of gender, race or religion. The foundation collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, non-governmental and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. Together with its partners, it helps build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting world. For more information, visit www.alwaleedphilanthropies.org, and follow us on Twitter @alwaleed_philan.