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Launch of Building Responsive Investments in Data for Gender Equality (BRIDGE) tool

Dear IAOS Members,

Data2X[1] and Open Data Watch[2] have recently launched a Building Responsive Investments in Data for Gender Equality (BRIDGE) tool. BRIDGE is aimed to empower national statistical systems and national statistical offices (NSOs) to take the lead in producing robust gender data.

By assessing the maturity of gender data systems across multiple dimensions, BRIDGE enables countries to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. This tool not only helps to strengthen data collection and analysis but also contributes to enhanced decision-making processes for policies that address gender inequality. With BRIDGE, national statistical systems and NSOs can leverage their expertise and drive evidence-based approaches, making them one of the true drivers of progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With the upcoming SDG Summit 2023, which marks the midpoint of the SDGs and the need to assess the progress and the way forward for the SDGs, BRIDGE offers a framework to measure progress, strengthen accountability, and reconfirm the role of the gender equality in the global development agenda. Its introduction signifies a significant step towards realizing the full potential of gender data for the SDGs, paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Learn more about BRIDGE by Data2X and Open Data Watch here.

I believe this is a useful tool to learn and use for members of IAOS, members of NSOs, international organizations, and private sector statistical outfits.

Best regards,

Misha Belkindas
IAOS President

[1] Data2X is a civil society organization and gender data alliance, working with partners to improve the production and use of gender data through strategic partnerships, research, advocacy, and communications.

[2] Open Data Watch is an international, non-profit organization working at the intersection of open data and official statistics.