Gaps in gender data and the lack of trend data make it difficult to monitor progress for women and girls. Unless gender is mainstreamed into national statistical strategies and prioritized in data collection, gender data scarcity and gaps will persist. Investment in national statistical capacity is central to improving the coverage, quality and timeliness of data for monitoring gender equality and the SDGs.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a violation of human rights and is caused by gender inequality and norms on the acceptability of VAWG.
VAWG affects women and girls’ freedom of movement, participation in school, employment, leisure/recreation, and ability to safely politically organize, and their right in all spaces to live free from fear and experience of violence.
UN Women, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (Special Rapporteur or SRVAW), in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), co-organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWP) on March 8 and 9, 2018 in New York.