Statement by UN Resident Coordinator at UNWOMEN SDGs Data Forum

Forum on Sustainable Development Goals
and Gender Statistics

Remarks by Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tanzania



Director of Policy, Planning and Research, Ministry of Labor, Empowerment, Elderly, Youth, Women and Children, Ms. Mhaza Gharib Juma;


Principal Community Development Officer, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elders, Gender, Seniors and Children, Mr. Ernest Zayumba;


Manager for Labour and Price, National Bureau of Statistics; Ms. Ruth Minja;


UN Women Officer-In-Charge, Ms. Hodan Addou;


Senior Advisor for Data Accountability and Sustainable Development, CIVICUS; Mr. Davis Edieno


UN colleagues;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

All Protocols Observed.


Habari za Asubuhi,

Asalam Aleykum,

Bwana Asifiwe,

And Good morning,


Nina furaha kubwa sana kujiunga nanyi leo katika warsha hii juu ya umuhimu wa uwepo wa takwimu katika utekelezaji wa lengo la 5: Usawa wa Kijinsia.


Umoja wa Mataifa una furaha kuungana na kushirikiana na serikali pamoja na wadau mbalimbali katika kufanikisha jitihada hizi za Kuhakikisha muhimu wa takwimu.


The aim of this workshop is to better equip national actors in the collection, monitoring and analysis of gender-specific data, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals - otherwise known as the Global Goals.


The seventeen Global Goals, adopted in 2015 by all member states, aim to achieve a very ambitious agenda by 2030. Agenda 2030 envisages an end to extreme poverty, in a manner that also protects the environment, saves the planet, and ensures prosperity for all.


In order to achieve this agenda, we need to ensure no one is left behind – especially women and girls who are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among us. Making sure that women and girls are not left behind is only possible if we properly collect and analyse gender data and statistics.


To achieve Gender Equality, we need data that truly reflects the lived realities of women and girls. Such data, which includes but is not limited to sex-disaggregated data, can tell us where we have made progress, what works and where we can do better.


Despite how clearly important having the right data is, 80 per cent of the indicators for gender equality across the Global Goals do not have enough data. For example, only 41 per cent of countries regularly produce violence against women data; only 15 per cent of countries have laws that mandate specialized gender-based surveys; and only 13 per cent of countries have a budget dedicated to gender statistics.


Such data and statistics are indispensable when devising evidence-based policies that will help achieve Gender Equality. It is also crucial for assessing the impact of such policies, and promoting accountability.


UN Women’s global interventions on better production and use of gender statistics localization of the Global Goals are designed to provide expert support to governments that informs policy and ensures accountability.


Through this workshop, we hope that our government partners are better equipped for the production, monitoring and analysis of gender data, especially in the context of localizing the Global Goals in Tanzania.


Tufanye ya wakati, wakati tuna wakati kwani utakuja wakati, tutatamani kufanya ya wakati ,wakati hatuna wakati. 


Kupanga ni Kuchagua!

Asanteni Sana!