Khartoum, Thursday, March 1, 2018: COMESA has launched the inaugural Gender Statistics Bulletin which seeks to improve the availability of gender disaggregated data to Member States. The launch was done during the opening of the Ministers of Gender and Social Affairs meeting in Khartoum.
The Bulletin illustrates the progress being made by Member States regarding gender equality, women empowerment and social development. It also highlights the gaps that need to be addressed to strengthen the availability of gender statistics in the region.
COMESA Assistant Secretary General Dr. Kipyego Cheluget said the Bulletin was a fulfilment of the Council of Ministers' decision in October 2016 at the COMESA Summit in Madagascar. The report was produced using open access data sources such as the African Development Bank.
“We are pleased to have attained this milestone because ender disaggregated data enables us to plan and monitor the progress towards achieving gender equality and women empowerment,” Dr Cheluget said.
The Bulletin offers user access to: Country Populations by Area and Sex; Empowerment of Women and Youth; Marternal, Child and Adolecsent Health, and HIV and AIDS; Education Training, Science and Technology; Human Rights.and Leadership, Politics and Decision-Making.
The Bulletin will be published annually in line with the recommendations made by the COMESA Sub-Committee on Statistical Matters that gender statistics be one of the key priorities of the new COMESA Statistics Strategy 2017 – 2022.