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The Arab Gender Gap Report 2020: Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SD/2019/4


Publication Type: Flagship publication

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: Gender equality, 2030 Agenda

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Gender statistics, Gender, Sustainable development, Women, Girls, Boys, Gender equality, Arab countries

The Arab Gender Gap Report 2020: Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

May 2021

The Arab Gender Gap Report 2020, first edition, provides the latest statistics and analysis on the status of women and men, girls and boys at the country and regional levels.  The statistics and analysis of over  200 regional priority gender-equality indicators help fast track progress and explores the state of gender equality across 22 Arab countries. The Arab Gender Gap Report comes at a critical moment as discussion on achieving sustainable development for all in the region is intensifying, propelled by the need for more inclusive societies to transform the world. The report provides the Arab world insight to create a more gender-equitable culture and identifies challenges and impediments our societies face.

The analysis in The Arab Gender Gap Report 2020 reveals that critical gender gaps persist in many of the main areas despite the many gains achieved by the countries over the years. The report shows that although many countries have achieved important milestones towards gender equality in education, health and access to basic services, the “last mile” remains to be covered before girls and women enjoy full equality and the realization of their rights. The analysis also reveals a gap in the production of many gender-related indicators that comes not only from household-based data, but also from administrative records. There is an urgent need to strengthen the alliance between national statistical offices and the ministries that produce statistical data to ensure the production of quality of gender statistics and quality of gender policies.

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