307 Gender Statistics

Part 1: Preparatory phase / Training 6 - 24 May 2019
Part 2: Interim period / Training 11 - 15 November 2019
Part 3: Launching and communicating the result November 2019 - March 2020
Part 1: Home country / Stockholm Sweden
Part 2: Home country / One of the participating countries
Part 3: Home country
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
November 1, 2018


As part of its development assistance, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) offers Advanced International Training Programmes (ITP) in subjects that are strategically important to the social and economic development in the participants’ countries. The ITP is especially designed for professionals who hold a position in their home organisation with a mandate to initiate processes of change. The programme offers support to strengthen capacity over time so that organisations can define and achieve their goals in both the short and long-term. Participants use the latest developments in their areas of work supervised by skilled Swedish colleagues and experts; they develop a network of colleagues from other countries and acquire enhanced knowledge in new working methods. The programme is based on the assumption that the organisations wish to carry out change and are willing to invest their own resources in the process.

Gender equality is prerequisite for long-term democratic, equitable and sustainable global development and, thus, also a means for reducing poverty. Gender equality has long been a priority in Swedish development cooperation and the importance of gender statistics is particularly emphasised in the Sustainable Development Goals. Reliable statistics broken down by sex highlight the conditions for both women and men, girls and boys, providing a foundation for developing gender equal societies. These statistics are fundamental for evidence-based decision-making, planning and monitoring, both nationally and globally. A common problem is that sex disaggregated statistics are often inadequate, making it difficult for strategic actors in society to promote gender equality. The ability to build and develop capacity to compile, analyse, present and publish gender statistics is therefore a prerequisite to be able to improve gender equality. The outcome of the UN’s 4th World Conference on Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, states that governments shall ensure regular production of a statistical publication on gender that presents and interprets topical data on women and men in a form suitable for a wide range of non-technical users.

Statistics Sweden in cooperation with Sida invites statistical producers and strategic users of statistics to a training programme in gender statistics. This training programme will give the participants the tools to develop high quality gender statistics with relevant indicators, making it possible to monitor the development concerning gender equality in their own countries. 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 using statistics as a tool.


The main objectives for the programme is that an organisational

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 are to increase the capacity for the participants, and allow them to gain knowledge on how:

• statistics on women and men can be compiled, analysed, disseminated and communicated in accordance with user needs

• to use existing statistics to analyse gender equality issues

• to produce gender statistics from existing statistics

• to establish an active network for gender statistics between participating organisations and other stakeholders.

• to transfer knowledge into the organisation 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 different thematic areas, such as 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 using a method described in the book “Engendering statistics, a tool for change” (Statistics Sweden, 1996). The approach aims 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 the 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 organisations that work primarily with human rights and specifically women’s rights, but also in ministries and other bodies with gender equality on their agenda. Therefore, it is important that the national statistical agency and other organisations knowledgeable in gender issues cooperate to obtain relevant statistical indicators. During the training, the participants will be given the means to establish a network with the purpose of exchanging experiences for a continuing national cooperation in developing gender statistics.


Through group/individual work alternating with lectures and exercises, participants will design 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. In the phases in between the Sweden-based and regional training sessions, the participants are expected to continue to work with the communication plan and to implement planned activities. To do this, collaboration within the home organisation is essential.


The training programme includes a diversity of tools and methods adapted for learning complex subject matters. The participants are expected to work in country groups for 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 organisation’s learning.


The central component of the programme is the change project. The project should address a challenge faced by the participant’s organisation that falls within the scope of the training programme. It is expected that the change project reflects the strategic role of the participant’s organisation and that it contributes 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. Another example is an education package where gender statistics are presented. The statistics that the participants will use in the projects should be produced from existing data. The participants will develop their change project with continuous support of supervisors from Statistics Sweden, through physical meetings and web-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 should 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 organisation in order to ensure sustainability. We recommend that applicants within the same organisation co-operate with the project and submit a joint concept note. However, applications will be assessed individually.




Statistics Sweden


Nina Voxmark


International Consulting Office
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