Statistics South Africa, in collaboration with the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and under the guidance the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics, will host the 9th United Nations Global Forum on Gender Statistics in Johannesburg, South Africa from 29 to 31 August 2023.

Gender statistics reflect differences and inequalities in the situation of women and men in all areas of life. They help to bring to light their contributions to the economy and society, and the challenges men and women face. Gender statistics are key for informing policies that promote gender equality and empower women and girls. They are also essential for tracking progress and for telling us where more work and focus are needed to achieve equitable outcomes.

Establishing enhanced metrics for producing gender statistics and improved monitoring frameworks is the cornerstone of discussions at the Global Forum. The Forum is held every second year and this is the second time the event is hosted on the African continent. This year’s event is taking place as Women’s Month draws to a close in South Africa.

During the Forum, experts will pay special attention to how data on the care economy is produced and used and will also showcase best practices to produce reliable and high-quality gender data, including in the African region.