Vancouver, Canada - Today at the 2019 Women Deliver conference, Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) has released the SDG Gender Index, the most comprehensive tool available to explore gender equality in 129 countries aligned to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Harnessing the power of technology to communicate data for advocacy and action, EM2030 partnered with Tableau Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA), the leading analytics platform, to visualize the 2019 SDG Gender Index. Utilizing Tableau's software, the Index is now accessible on EM2030's Gender Advocates Data Hub, an interactive online platform designed for advocates working to encourage countries across the world to make faster progress on gender equality laws, policies and budget decisions.
'We believe that data has real power when it is in the hands of advocates who are working to drive change on gender equality in their countries and on the issues they care about,' says Alison Holder, Director of Equal Measures 2030. 'We know that data can drive accountability, bring light to hidden issues, spark debate, and tell the story of progress for girls and women.'
The 2019 SDG Gender Index, covering 14 of the 17 SDGs, measures 129 countries in five regions on 51 gender-equality issues ranging from health, gender-based violence, climate change, decent work and others. Serving as a baseline to monitor progress on gender equality, the next iteration of the Index will be launched in 2021 and updated regularly until 2030.
In 2015, world leaders from 193 countries committed to achieve gender equality by 2030 for every girl and every woman when they signed on to the ambitious goals and targets of the SDGs.
'All over the world, we've seen that the most effective advocates are those that use data to frame complex problems as local, accessible, and solvable,' says Neal Myrick, Global Head of Tableau Foundation. 'Equal Measures 2030 has done a terrific job designing the SDG Gender Index and Gender Advocates Data Hub to really help local leaders make a meaningful difference in the lives of women and girls.'
'We want our data to be truly accessible to advocates and gender equality champions, whether they're in the United States or Kenya, and whether they're pushing for equal pay, ending gender-based violence, ensuring financial inclusion or any other issue affecting the rights of girls and women,' says Holder. 'Tableau is helping us move away from charts, tables and static graphs to tap into technology so we can easily track progress and ensure governments deliver on their promise of reaching gender equality by 2030.'
The development of the visualizations was also completed with the support of volunteers from The Information Lab, one of the longest standing Tableau partners in the U.K., who offer training and consulting services.
About Equal Measures 2030
Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) is a joint effort of leading regional and global organisations from civil society and the development and private sectors. We work to ensure that girls' and women's movements, advocates and champions have the data they need, when they need them, and in a form they can use to guide and drive the ambitious policy, law and budget decisions needed to meet existing commitments made by governments in the SDGs to eradicate gender inequality.
The current partnership is a joint effort of leading regional and global organizations from civil society and the development and private sectors, including: the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Comité de América Latina y El Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer (CLADEM), Data2X, the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), KPMG International, ONE Campaign, Plan International and Women Deliver. To learn more, visit https://data.em2030.org/
About Tableau Foundation
The Tableau Foundation is a philanthropic initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world's problems. Tableau Foundation grants combine Tableau's two most valuable resources-its people and its products-with financial support to nonprofits that are using data to reshape communities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.tableaufoundation.org.