Gender Statistics in Development Planning for Central and West Asia

Publication | July 2013
Gender Statistics in Development Planning for Central and West Asia

This policy brief explains why gender inequality matters for development and inclusive growth. It identifies knowledge gaps in general and with particular focus on Central and West Asia, a heterogeneous set of countries where the different dimensions of gender inequality are of particular relevance. This brief highlights examples of linking gender-based analysis and policy planning from across the world. It proposes a strategy to enhance the generation and analysis of data on gender inequalities and their impact on development outcomes.

Key issues

  • Gender statistics are crucial for developing social and economic programs that address the needs of women and men.
  • Research has demonstrated a clear negative relationship between gender inequality and overall economic and social development.
  • Valuable lessons can be learned from the experiences of other countries.
  • Partnerships between producers of official statistics, researchers, and policy makers can lead to more relevant and useful information to guide achievement of gender equality goals.

Contents 

  • Why Gender Inequality Matters for Development Outcomes
  • Gender Statistics in Central and West Asia
  • Gender Gaps in Central and West Asia
  • Gender-sensitive policy making: Lessons from elsewhere
  • A Strategy for Gender Statistics in Central and West Asia
  • Conclusions
  • Sources