Flagship programme: Making Every Woman and Girl Count

Only 13% of countries dedicate a budget to gender statistics

Better gender statistics for the Sustainable Development Goals

Statistics that adequately reflect the lived realities of women and men, girls and boys—gender statistics for short—are indispensable tools for developing evidence-based policies and solutions to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. Such statistics, which include but are not limited to sex-disaggregated data, shed light on areas where progress is made, provide evidence of what works, and reveal gaps where further efforts are needed.

Yet, 80 per cent of the indicators for gender equality across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are lacking data. For example, 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 [1].

Our solution: Making Every Woman and Girl Count

UN Women’s flagship programme, Making Every Woman and Girl Count, aims to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted. The programme seeks to address the urgent need to increase the availability of accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights in order to inform policy and decision-making.

Making Every Woman and Girl Count

Through this groundbreaking public-private initiative over the course of five years, UN Women and its partners will support countries to improve the production, accessibility and use of gender statistics. The programme will build a supportive policy and institutional environment to prioritize gender data and effective monitoring of the SDGs, increase data production and improve access to data to inform policy and advocacy.

How it works

Making Every Woman and Girl Count will be implemented between 2016 and 2020. At the global, regional and national levels, the programme will provide technical and financial support to countries to improve the production and use of gender statistics in order to monitor the implementation of gender equality commitments in the 2030 Agenda. Adequate monitoring frameworks will in turn inform policies and programmes that can spur meaningful and lasting changes in the lives of women and girls everywhere. Read more»

To find out how you can get involved in Making Every Woman and Girl Count, contact UN Women at gender.data[at]unwomen.org.


Making Every Woman and Girl Count is generously funded by the Governments of Australia, Ireland and the United States and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The programme will work in partnership with governments, including national statistical offices, regional commissions, international agencies, private foundations, civil society organizations and academic institutions. A Steering Committee composed of participating countries, bilateral donors, key agencies and civil society organizations guides the implementation of the programme.

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Featured Events

Spotlighting gender data at the first-ever UN World Data Forum

Making Every Women and Girl Count officially Launched 

UN World Data Forum Side Event: “Gender data for decision-making: Strengthening the links”

CSW61 Interactive Expert Panel on “Enhancing availability and use of data and gender statistics to support accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' 


[1] United Nations. 2013. Report of the UN Secretary-General on Gender Statistics.