By Jessica Lomelin and Megan O’Donnell
As gender equality advocates, how do we transform data into power? You only have until May 20 to complete Equal Measures 2030’s Global Advocates Survey 2018 to help answer this question.
Why take the survey?
Equal Measures 2030 envisions a world where gender equality is achieved, and every girl and woman counts and is counted. We believe that the right data in the right hands will help reveal how differently girls and women experience the world and what needs to change in order to achieve gender equality.
Our Global Advocates Survey will find out from hundreds of gender equality advocates about their views on progress towards gender equality, how they feel about current data sources and what issues to prioritize in our push for better and more accessible data in order to better meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for girls and women.
When advocates and decision makers have the compelling evidence they need, they can better work to ensure girls’ and women’s rights become, and remain, a priority on the policy agenda and in efforts to achieve the SDGs.
As ONE Campaign CEO Gayle Smith has said, “Equal Measures 2030 is well positioned to help get the right data into the hands of advocates who can use it. By bridging this gap and making data actionable, we’re excited that local organizations will be better equipped to fight injustice and influence policies that can maximize the potential of women and girls in their communities.”
Does my insight and opinion matter and what will it lead to?
Our Global Advocates Survey will discover how data on girls and women are being used in different countries and regions, what gender equality advocates need from data to push for rights, and how they need to be better supported to give power to data.
Armed with this understanding, together we will work to better ensure that girls and women count and are counted. We are asking gender equality advocates to bring their voice to the table by participating in our survey – giving us the vital information we need to push for and meet their data needs.
Women are finding it harder to join in global conversations in a time of security agendas, reduced budgets and tougher travel laws. Sharing your needs in our survey will help us make sure the views of gender equality advocates globally are seen and heard.
Why does Equal Measures 2030 want to hear from gender equality advocates?
Equal Measures 2030 works with influencers across civil society, the private sector, the media, multilateral institutions, and beyond to help create a “race to the top” for national governments to achieve gender equality in line with the SDGs.
Combined with compelling storytelling, a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data can serve as tools to help drive policymakers to recognize issues that have previously been ignored or under-prioritized.
And where political will is lacking, a gender equality movement that engages the public with powerful stories and data can help build momentum to move an issue to the top of the policy agenda.
Equal Measures 2030 and its partners will use the findings from the survey to better respond to the needs of gender equality advocates from across the globe. The results of the survey will be compiled, analyzed and shared in September 2018, and can be used to inform the work of other movements for data, SDGs, and gender equality.
Please help us ensure that we hear the voices of gender equality advocates everywhere!