The Conference of European Statisticians (CES) Steering Group on Gender Statistics has developed practical guidance for data producers towards measuring the ongoing and longer-term gendered impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Guidance proposes indicators and survey questions and offers advice on the key methodological considerations for data collection and dissemination in four areas: paid and unpaid work, health, violence against women, and the digital gender divide.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women. Not only were women more likely to be working as essential workers in health care and other services on the front lines of the immediate crisis response, but they were also disproportionately shouldering the burden of increased responsibilities at home due to school closures and lockdown measures. As the pandemic has continued, the disproportionate impact on women has endured, exacerbating existing gender inequalities and revealing new disparities. The development and implementation of gender-responsive interventions and policies requires robust and relevant gender statistics on the ongoing and long-term impacts of the pandemic.
The Steering Group invites countries to review and test the indicators and survey questions proposed in the Guidance, working towards incorporation into regular statistical data collection.