UN Women trains 37 gender statistics focal points of public institutions on gender mainstreaming in the production of administrative statistics

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

An overview of participants.
An overview of participants. Photo credit: Rita NGA O./UN Women Cameroon

UN Women has trained 37 gender/statistics focal points and other statistics officials from of government on gender mainstreaming in the production of statistics from administrative sources during a workshop organized by UN Women from the 10th to the 13th of July 2019. This training session resulted to the commitment of the gender/statistics focal points to contribute to the production of a Policy brief on "the issues and challenges of gender mainstreaming in the production of statistics from administrative sources in Cameroon".

The experts from UN Women, from the Ministry of Family and Women Empowerment (MINPROFF), from the National Institute of Statistics (INS) and from the Institute of Training and Demographic Research (IFORD) trained the 19 women and 18 men, through presentations and group work,  on various themes related to gender and statistics as well as on how to render administrative statistics more gender-sensitive. Namely: the importance of gender mainstreaming in the statistical production chain with emphasis on data sources, methods of data collection, processing and analysis, and strategies for the presentation and dissemination of gender statistics from administrative sources. Indeed, more than just dis-aggregating data by gender, statistical units from ministries must go beyond and generate data that highlight relevant gender issues in their sector, in order to guide decision making process related to the reduction of gender inequalities.

Gender and Statistics Focal points during group work.
Gender and Statistics Focal points during group work. Photo credit: Rita NGA O./UN Women Cameroon

Speaking at the end of the workshop, Ms TEUGWA Clotilde MOFOR, Gender Focal Point at the Ministry of Higher Education (MINESUP) appreciated the initiative. "This workshop is of great importance to my administration, the main innovation being that statistics as a development tool must integrate the gender aspect. Statistics should not remain figures but should be based on real analyses of the problems of each administration," she noted. In the same vein, Mr. PRISO EBOA Patience, Gender and Statics Focal Point at the Ministry of Basic Education (MINEDUB), expressed his satisfaction workshop which was an opportunity for him to exchange with his peers of other administrations. "This has enabled me to complete the gaps relating to gender mainstreaming when producing statistics in my Ministry".

This activity was carried out as part of the Women Count Project implemented by UN Women to support the production and use of gender statistics for better implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals at national and local levels.