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ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC UNESCAP Partnerships Moving Beijing Forward GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT: A STATISTICAL PROFILE OF THE ESCAP REGION
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Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific UNESCAP GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT: A STATISTICAL PROFILE OF THE ESCAP REGION
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The paper was prepared by Lene Mikkelsen, Chief, Statistics Development Section, Statistics Division with the assistance of Bernard Roach, Adelino Muxito, Chol O. Han and Chang Liu. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations Secretariat. ii
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Page INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................................... 1 CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPING GENDER INDICATORS .................................................................................. 2 DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF THE SELECTED INDICATORS ................................................................ 3 Education of all and equality in education ............................................................................................... 3 Health for all and health inequalities ........................................................................................................... 5 Equal opportunity to work and earn income ........................................................................................... 7 Empowerment at all levels is needed .......................................................................................................... 14 CONCLUSIONS .................................................................................................................................................................. 21 BIBLIOGRAPHY ................................................................................................................................................................ 23 ANNEX 1: Comparative tables of indicators ................................................................................................. 24 ANNEX 2: Definitions and concepts .................................................................................................................. 31 CONTENTS iii
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Gender Equality and Empowerment: a Statistical Profile of the ESCAP Region The purpose of this paper was originally to assist the deliberation of the High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting, Beijing +10, (Bangkok 7-10 September, 2004) by presenting a summary of the current situation of women in relation to men in a number of key areas in the Asia-Pacific region. This revised version forms the first volume in a series of two papers, all aimed at addressing major developments in the situation of women in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia- Pacific region as defined by ESCAP’s membership includes some 50 countries in the region and some 9 territories covering East and North-East Asia, North and Central Asia, South and South- West Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. It has repeatedly been demonstrated that data are key to catalyzing and monitoring progress, as well as supporting country-level planning and local accountability. Gender statistics has therefore been a priority area in ESCAP’s statistical capacity building work for many years. As a result, considerable statistical progress has been achieved in the region since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995 adopted the strategic objective “to generate and disseminate sex-disaggregated data and information for planning and evaluation” . Assisted by generous donor funding from the Netherlands, ESCAP in 1998 prepared a series of gender publications with 16 countries in the region. A regional report entitled Women and Men in the ESCAP Region (1999) was also produced with comparable data on a number of indicators. The Statistics Division has since organized numerous meetings to improve data collection and raise capacity in various areas of concern. More recently, two technical publica- tions relevant to gender analysis and statistics have been published by ESCAP. Integrating Unpaid Work into National Policies (2003), draws heavily on work done with the countries to promote time use surveys, which are useful for
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