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Accelerating women’s economic empowerment: the role of gender-sensitive poverty data

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Economic empowerment initiatives often focus on strengthening women’s capacities and opportunities. However, many barriers women face are systemic, rooted in patriarchal norms and unseen by male decision-makers, because they don’t experience them. Progress is further hampered by lack of age and disability disaggregated data about multiple barriers to women’s economic empowerment. Individual-level, multidimensional data on poverty and inequality can help reveal these barriers. 

With COVID-19 reversing gains on poverty and inequality, such data is critical to ensure gender-equal recovery. Panellists will illustrate how availability of disaggregated data enabled gender-responsive action, with a focus on action in the Pacific.

Speakers

  • Joanne Crawford - Special Advisor, Equality Insights (IWDA)
  • Vaela Falefehi Ngai Director, Women’s Development Division for the Solomon Islands Government Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family Affairs
  • Ruth Maetala – Director, Dignity Pasifik
  • Kim Robertson – Adviser, Human Rights & Social Development Division, Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Chris Ryan – Statistician, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

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