On the occasion of International Women's Day 2020, the EU Delegation to Rwanda organised a roundtable on the production and use of gender statistics together with the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda and UN Women on 4 March 2020. It attracted gender activists, policy makers, development partners, experts and media.
The roundtable featured different presentations and interventions including among others; Gender equality and women empowerment in the Rwandan Context by the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, the importance of Gender in the Development Discourse by UN Women Rwanda as well Gender disaggregated statistics, indicators, analysis for policy advisory by Dr Anne Laure Humbert, Director of the Centre for Diversity, Policy Research and Practise at Oxford Brooks University.
In her presentation, Dr Anne Laure Humbert challenged participants; "What insights can be gained from gender statistics? What lives can we change?" Dr Humbert shared further that looking for insights relies on the best ideas of gender experts.
"There is a need to build capacity within the community of gender experts to produce good data and better analyses", she added.
In his remarks, the Head of EU Delegation to Rwanda, Ambassador Nicola Bellomo said; "The ultimate objective is for all of us to reflect on how we could contribute to refining Gender Statistics in Rwanda with the target of sustaining the gains, going further and leaving no one behind on this development journey we have all committed to".
In 2007, when NISR started its initial mission of tracking and monitoring economic development and poverty reduction in Rwanda, the EU was part of the first basket fund, together with DFID and UNDP. Till this day, the EU has continued to consistently support NISR, in particular through our support for NISR's Third National Strategy for the Development of Statistics of Rwanda (NSDS3).
"It is indeed a strong vote of confidence to the principle of Evidence based Policies promoted by and implemented in Rwanda. Because we are concerned about gender; we are also concerned to have a sound basis of evidence to guide our policies and specially measure our results on gender", Ambassador Bellomo added.
Rwanda's Chief Gender Monitor Rose Rwabuhihi highlighted the Gender Management Information System (GMIS), a web based application that helps in tracking gender data from different sectors. She said; "The GMIS will facilitate to access information from different sources. The system will also offer an opportunity to different data producers to feed in the system and disseminate gender equality information".
Full speech of Ambassador Nicola Bellomo: speech_of_the_head_of_delegation_during_the_roundtable_on_the_production_and_use_of_gender_statistics.pdf