The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ECA) in partnership with the United Nations Statistics Division organized three workshops back-to-back from 26 to 29 September 2017, in Kampala, Uganda. These were the following:
a) The regional training workshop to improve use of existing data for monitoring gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa
b) The regional training workshop on the online gender statistics toolkit developed by ECA; and
c) Regional workshop on methodology of SDG indicator 5.5.1b on women’s representation in local government (SDG 5.5.1b), co-organized with UN Women.
The regional training workshop to improve use of existing data for monitoring, gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa was part of activities undertaken within the United Nations Development account programme on statistics and data. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is been in charge of carrying out the project activities in Africa.
The training aimed to provide member states with tools and methodologies developed at regional and international level in order to strengthen their capacity in integrating a gender perspective into national statistics. It meant to improve availability and use of gender statistics at the national, regional and international levels for better evidence-based gender policies.
The second workshop dealt with the training on the online gender statistics toolkit. It aimed to demonstrate, introduce and train on the on-line training toolkit on Gender statistics developed by ECA and United Nations System Staff College to the Group members.
The third workshop was organized by UN Women, in collaboration with ECA. It focused on the methodology of the SDG indicator 5.5.1b,”proportion of seats held by women in local governments”, and it brought together representatives from national statistical offices/systems, line ministries overseeing local government, women’s affairs/gender equality ministries and electoral bodies.