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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, January 23, 2006

The World's Women 2005: Progress in Statistics

"Presenting a groundbreaking new United Nations study on the state of statistics on women, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo noted little advancement in national statistical capacity, particularly in the collection of sex-disaggregated data, in the last 30 years. Analysing statistics from 204 countries, The World’s Women 2005:  Progress in Statistics focused on how gender sensitive national statistical systems around the world were, stated Mr. Ocampo. Joining him at the Headquarters launch this morning was the main author of the report, Mary Chamie, Chief of the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, as well as Jeremiah Banda, Chief of the Branch’s Social and Housing Statistics Section. . . .

Turning to some of the report’s findings, she said that out of the 204 countries or areas covered, 26 did not conduct a census in the last 10 years (1995-2004).  Forty-three per cent of Africa’s population was not included in the last round of population and housing censuses.  Over 90 countries did not report their births, and roughly the same amount did not report their deaths, through a civil registration system that covered the nation.  That meant that only 30 per cent of world’s population was residing in areas where births and deaths were registered, while 70 per cent was not.

She went on to say that 53 countries did not report their nation’s population by sex and age in the last 10 years; 66 countries did not report the enrolment of children in primary school by sex and age; 81 countries did not report economic activity by sex and age; 108 did not report unemployment by sex and age; and 152 countries did not report wages by major industry group and sex.

In addition, she mentioned the lack of concepts and methods in key areas such as violence against women, poverty, power and decision-making, and human rights.  There were 38 countries that had national surveys, which included questions on violence against women.  But as of yet, there was no international statistical system collecting the official national statistics in that area.  “Therefore, what we see is an inadequate statistical capacity, with a lack of gender mainstreaming and insufficient concepts and methods”, she added." By United Nations, Department of Public Information Link to Press Release (last visited 1-22-06 NVS)

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