Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia national statistics offices pledge greater cooperation

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

The heads of the national statistics offices of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan said in a joint statement that they fully supported development of a statistics system and were open to greater cooperation between their national statistics agencies.

Opening of the Conference devoted to the 100-Year Anniversary of GEOSTAT and 20 Years of Collecting Gender Statistics
Opening of the Conference devoted to the 100-Year Anniversary of GEOSTAT and 20 Years of Collecting Gender Statistics; Photo: UN Women/Leli Blagonravova

The statement was made at the close of the regional conference Gender Statistics: Challenges and Opportunities to Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Held 26-27 July 2019, and organised by GEOSTAT and UN Women, with support from UN Women’s Global Flagship Gender Data Initiative and the UN Women Georgia project Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Caucasus funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Corporation (ADC), the conference brought together the directors of the national statistics offices of France, Hungary, Italy, and counterparts from Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia, academics and high-level representatives of Georgian government agencies, and international organizations and NGOs.

Conference participants discussed priority issues including: progress in nationalizing the SDGs; the collection and dissemination of gender statistics; gender role in asset ownership and time use; and challenges raised by findings from violence against women studies.

Gogita Todradze, Executive Director of GEOSTAT, Tamar Chugoshvili, Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, and Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women welcomed participants to the conference.

Reviewing of the hackathon groups work by jury
Reviewing of the hackathon groups work by jury; Photo: UN Women/Leli Blagonravova

“Gender Equality cannot be achieved without gender data. This regional conference on Gender Statistics lets us to mark GEOSTAT’s 100th anniversary and its 20 years of generating gender data, which is essential for evidence-based policy-making to achieve gender equality,” said UN Women Chief Statistician Papa Seck.

”Gender data is at the heart of gender-aware policymaking and implementation, which in turn is the foundation for inclusive and sustainable development,” said GEOSTAT Executive Director Gogita Todradze.

“Good gender statistics is more than just segregating data by sex: It is about critically thinking how to measure the situation of women and men to uncover the inequalities and equalities in our daily lives,” said Maria Giuseppina Muratore, Senior Researcher, Italian National Institute of Statistics.

The Untitled 1 team won the Gender Visualization Hackathon at a conference side-event for innovative data solutions. One of six teams participating, Untitled 1 developed an interactive application to determine the distribution of time spent on household work.