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The Pacific Community (SPC) is launching the Pacific Gender Statistics Dashboard, a tool offering a comprehensive overview of gender-related indicators and metrics in the region. The Dashboard is accessible here: Gender Dashboard - Pacific Data Hub.
Peter Ellis, Director of SPC’s Statistics for Development Division, noted: “This is a platform developed to disseminate gender statistics that can empower policymakers, researchers, and other gender statistics users with valuable insights into gender dynamics in the Pacific.”
“The dashboard offers a holistic view of gender dynamics by consolidating data from member countries in the Pacific,” he added.
The Pacific Gender Statistics Dashboard organises data into five thematic areas—Population Demographics, Economic Participation, Education, Health, and Safety. Thematic areas will be added as more data becomes available. The Dashboard includes statistics on labour market participation between men and women, education enrolment and completion rates of girls and boys, access to health indicators, and gender-based violence.
The data is sourced from Pacific Household Surveys that are currently available in the Pacific Data Hub. These include official SPC member country surveys, such as Household Income and Expenditure Surveys, Labour Force Surveys, and Censuses.
Mr Ellis stated: “Our long-term goal is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date resources for gender statistics in the Pacific region, working closely with member countries that are the custodians of the Dashboard.”
Ms. Zema Semunegus, Mission Director for USAID/Pacific Islands, applauded the efforts of SPC in developing such a platform for the Pacific Region. She noted: “The dashboard offers vital information that can serve to bolster the ability of Pacific Island Countries to adequately develop evidence-based policies and enact targeted measures to strengthen democratic governance and uphold rights-based development to address inequality, increase empowerment, and reduce gender-based violence.”
About PROJECT Governance:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Pacific Community (SPC) have partnered to implement the Promoting Just, Engaged, Civic-minded and Transparent Governance program (PROJECT Governance). PROJECT Governance aims to empower the voices of women, youth, and other marginalised groups and strives to strengthen democratic governance, foster consensus, promote inclusion in local communities, build understanding, and inspire participation in the democratic process. It is implemented in 12 Pacific Island Countries (PICs): The Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.