04 Oct Success story: Gender Statistics
I am a UNV intern at UN Women and work under the Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE). One of my duties is to collaborate with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and provide technical support on gender statistics.
At the beginning of my assignment, I had to attend some meetings of UBOS with stakeholders concerning gender statistics and I was more of an observer than an active participant trying to make myself familiar with the situation in Uganda. More and more I managed to gain visibility from our partners.
In April, I attended a meeting, this time specifically on time use data. There the decision was made to build a task team (members selected by UBOS) in order to review the Uganda National Household Survey V (UNHS V) in terms of gender sensitivity and to add more gender specific questions. Some weeks later, I got the invitation to be part of the task team and went to the four days retreat.
At this retreat, we reviewed the two past UNHS in order to make proposals for changes for the upcoming UNHS V. We identified a huge need for adjustments in order to obtain more gender disaggregated data making it possible to shed a better light on differences in the lives of women, men, boys and girls in Uganda. Having such data will in the end show and help us to understand the existing differences and yield to better policies throughout all sectors as well as showing progress of the efforts made in the country (e.g. under the JPGE).
I participated actively in the task team and contributed to drafting multiple questions which we incorporated into the UNHS V questionnaire. I am excited that my input will be included in the UNHS V and asked to about 7000 households throughout Uganda!
The beneficiaries will in the end be the women, men, boys and girls of Uganda because the policies and budget allocations, etc. can be made more appropriate and tailored to the specific situations and needs of each group. There is still a long way to go until they will perceive the benefits for them coming through the step by step engendering of surveys and those added questions. However, the stakeholders of UBOS and members of the task team are supporting the programme and are satisfied with the direction it is moving to and they foresee the big benefits that will result in the long run.