Only nine years remain to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and greater efforts are needed to diagnose the root causes of structural gender inequality, identify game-changers and spur further commitments. A new measurement framework on gender equality and women's empowerment developed by UN Women and UNDP provide a powerful tool for this pursuit. It illustrates a country’s progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment through a dashboard of indicators. The dimensions and most of the indicators selected for quantifying the dimensions are SDG indicators and thus complement the policy efforts of the 2030 Agenda. This lab will highlight some of the findings from this work and its relevance for the preparation of VNRs, particularly in their assessment of the different forms of discrimination that women and girls face and its impact on society and on accelerating progress in achieving the SDGs. The findings will also put a spotlight on intersectionality through a comparison of outcomes for women and girls from different wealth/income quintiles for 100+ countries.
o Ms. Céline Jacquin, Head of the Department of Evaluation of Geographic Information and the Environment, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico
o Mr. William Komu, Chief Economist, SDGs Coordination Directorate, The National Treasury and Planning, Kenya
o Ms. Jeyran Rahmatullayeva, Head of the Apparatus of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, Azerbaijan
o Ms. Ginette Azcona, Lead, Data and Statistics, Global Reports, Research & Data Section, UN Women
Moderated by H. E. Ms. Hoda Al-Helaissi, Member of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council