307 Gender statistics

Part 1: Preparatory phase / Training 14 May - 1 June 2018
Part 2: Interim period / Regional 22-26 October 2018
Part 3: Launching and communicating the result Nov 2018- Mar 2019
Part 1: Home country / Stockholm Sweden
Part 2: To be decided
Part 3: Home country
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
December 1, 2017


The International Training Programme in Gender statistics is specially designed for professionals qualified to participate in reform processes of importance at various levels and who hold a position in their home organisation with a mandate to initiate processes of change. It offers support to strengthen, adapt and maintain capacity over time so that organisations can define and achieve goals in both the short and long term. The methodology used is based on the assumption that your organisation wishes to carry out changes and is willing to invest its own resources in the process.

Gender equality has long been a priority in Swedish development cooperation. Gender equality is a goal in itself, as well as a prerequisite for long-term democratic development, equitable and sustainable global development and thus also a means for reducing poverty. Reliable statistics broken down by sex highlight the conditions for both women and men, girls and boys. These statistics are fundamental for evidence-based information in decision making, planning and monitoring, nationally and globally in the work for a more gender equal society. In the recent work with the Sustainable Development Goals the importance of gender statistics was therefore particularly emphasised.

Our expectation is that the programme will lead to enhanced capacity within the participating institutions and organisations so that they will be better equipped to contribute to a change towards a more gender equal society.


The overall objective is to contribute to increased gender equality between women and men by using statistics as a tool.

 The main objectives for the programme is that an organizational change should take place so that participating organisations:

  • implement gender statistics in their ongoing work
  • work with, maintain and continuously develop the network in gender statistics between producers and users

The specific objectives for the programme is to increase the capacity for the participants, that is, gain knowledge how:

  •  to use existing statistics to analyze gender equality issues
  • to produce gender statistics from existing statistics
  • statistics on women and men can be compiled, analyzed, disseminated and communicated in accordance with user needs
  • to establish an active network for gender statistics between participating organisations and other stakeholders
  • to transfer knowledge into the organization to colleagues and management
  • to launch the change project using tools such as communication plan and stakeholder analysis


The participants in the programme will be trained to produce, analyse, and interpret gender statistics. To reach a broad range of users, agents of change as well as decision-makers the participants will learn how to disseminate and communicate gender statistics in a user friendly way. During the training in Sweden, the participants will gain experience and knowledge on how to identify gender issues in their respective countries and how to compile statistics on gender equality using existing data. The trainers will introduce some different thematic areas like labour market and education, with a gender equality perspective and will show examples of common gender equality issues from Sweden and other countries. The complexity of gender equality will be thoroughly explored with a method described in the book “Engendering statistics, a tool for change” (Statistics Sweden, 1996). The approach is to define underlying causes as well as consequences of gender inequality and how to translate these into measurable indicators, without reflecting on whether statistics are available or not.


The programme does not include collection of new data, as only existing data will be used in the production of gender statistics.


Knowledge about gender equality is often found in organizations that work essentially with human rights and particularly women’s rights, but also in ministries and other bodies with gender equality on the agenda. Therefore, it is important that the national statistical agency and the organizations knowledgeable in gender issues cooperate to obtain relevant statistical indicators. During the training the participants will be given means to establish a network with the purpose to exchange experiences for the continuing national cooperation in developing gender statistics.


Through group/individual work alternating with lectures and exercises, participants will work out an individual communication plan with guidance from a communication expert. The participants will also form country groups and work on a national launch event for their change projects. Between the phases participants are expected to continue to work on the plan and implement planned activities. To do this, collaboration with the home organization is essential.


The training programme includes a diversity of tools and methods adapted for learning of complex subject matters. The participants are expected to work in country groups during a large amount of the time. In order to ensure a close working relationship between participants, lecturers and supervisors the number of participants is limited to 30. Throughout the programme, the participants are expected to be active, to contribute with their specific expertise and experience, and to take responsibility for their own learning as well as for their organization’s learning.


The central component of the programme is the change project.  The project shall address problems that are within the scope of the training programme and of particular interest to the participants’ organization. It is therefore expected that the change project reflect the strategic role that the participant’s organization has that it will contribute strategically to a national change towards increased gender equality. The change project can for example result in a publication or a web portal presenting gender statistics in important areas of gender equality issues. Other examples can be an education package where the gender statistics are presented. The statistics that the participants will use in the projects should be produced from existing data, according to user needs. The participants will develop their change project with continuous support of supervisors from Statistics Sweden, through physical meetings and Internet based communication.


The applicant is required to submit a concept note on the proposed change project in the application. In the concept note, the participant is asked to describe how the individual project can contribute to enhanced gender statistics on a national level. The applicant can propose a change project that can be implemented either individually or in teams, but the project should be firmly established in the participant’s organization in order to secure sustainability. We recommend that applicants within the same organization co-operate with the project and submit a joint concept note. However, applications will be assessed individually.





Statistics Sweden


Nina Voxmark


International Consulting Office
Program Secretariat
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SE-104 51 Stockholm


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