The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Wide Web (WWW) Foundation will hold a workshop on Gender and Data in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on November 23 and 24, 2017.
The two-day workshop is meant to be a working session of action networks in African countries which work with marginalised groups, continental gender equity networks, prominent institutions of the continent and a number of gender and data experts to further scope initiatives, challenges, synergies and opportunities in the use of open data for influence towards a gender-balanced public expenditure and service delivery.
The workshop and its objectives are aligned to the AfDB’s engagement to strengthen capacities of civil society organisation and to support countries in building their capacity to promote and mainstream gender equality in policies and programmes, and produce better sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics.
The workshop organizers will share experiences in the use of data to influence public policy among key organisations working with marginalised groups; exchange on major gender data engagements at the Africa continental level on the SDGs on the part of Member States; contribute to the collection and inform the African Development Bank, the African Union and other institutions on statistical data and receive hands-on sessions on using open data for Gender Responsive Budgeting, as well as on producing a Digital Gender Gap Audit scorecard for monitoring progress on digital gender equality in their respective countries.
The workshop will explore the data needed for effective advocacy and policy change; provide feedback on approach of using gender-responsive open data for policy change; seek to chart possible common ways forward for initiatives on data for equity in Africa, including joint activities and advocacy; consolidate links for better organisational achievements and cross synergies and provide possible avenues on a Roadmap on engaging with Civil Society on Data in Africa.