DataShift at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women in New York

DataShift’s Cassia Moraes is in New York (NY) attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place at the United Nations Headquarters.

Based on our work on Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5), to “achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, we will be promoting the role of civil society and citizen-generated data in achieving gender equality.

To tackle today’s global challenges in cross-cutting thematic sectors like health, education, economic opportunities, political participation, and human security, more data on gender is needed. However, we know significant barriers stand in the way of achieving gender equality and inclusivity, particularly of marginalised and disenfranchised groups – even in the most progressive societies. Increased citizen participation in the implementation and tracking progress on 2030 agenda could mark a significant turning point in delivering this ambitious agenda to those who need it the most. Citizen-generated data (CGD) thus offers an opportunity for increasing people-powered governance and development.

CGD has the potential to plug gender data gaps, identify those at risk of being left behind and draw the attention of decision-makers to tackle the issues causing their exclusion and marginalisation. DataShift has been building civil society organisations’ capacity and confidence to produce and use citizen-generated data to monitor sustainable development progress, demand accountability and campaign for transformative change. We have convened a series of national dialogues on the state of gender data in each of the DataShift pilot countries (Kenya, Argentina, Nepal and Tanzania), with a view to then identifying the challenges and opportunities around using citizen-generated data as part of an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach to spurring action and monitoring progress on SDG 5.

We will be participating in the “Supporting Feminist Movement Building for Planet 50-50 by 2030” on Wednesday, 15 March at noon. This session will look at how data can lead to on-the-ground changes and make real impact in girls’ and women’s lives, as well as the role gender data plays in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, amongst others.

During events at CSW61, we will be sharing the key findings and recommendations of our Global Gender Thematic Forum which took place in December 2016. The Forum looked at the diverse experiences and ideas that emerged from the above-mentioned national dialogues, bringing together a small group of gender data practitioners from our pilot countries, along with a number of other international experts, working on issues from digital literacy to empowerment of women, to statistics, and  ‘mutually reinforcing’ global advocacy activities.

You can also find us, as well as the CIVICUS delegation, at the following events during CSW:

  • CIVICUS Monitor Workshop for WHRDs, LGBTIQ activists and others in the feminist movement at CSW – 15 March, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Shrinking civic space for the feminist movement –  Wednesday, 15 March, 14:30 – 16:00 at ONE UN Hotel

For more information about these events, click here.

We will also be discussing the findings of some of our resources and reports around our work on SDG 5, including:

We look forward to seeing and engaging you in New York! Be sure to follow our conversations on Twitter @SDGDataShift, @casssia_moraes, #DataShift, #CSW61 and #CSW2017

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