The Politics of Gender Knowledge: In Pursuit of Equality and Justice at the United Nations
Global Education Colloquium
November 14, 2017
Laura Turquet, UN Women
Co-sponsored by Gender and Women Studies
Cutting-edge policy research, innovative new ideas and robust evidence are critical ways in which UN Women works to build knowledge on gender equality and women’s empowerment. High quality research is essential to assuring evidence-based policy making in all development fields essential to supporting gender equality including education, health care, the economy, and good governance. This presentation introduces how UN Women’s data-based flagship report, Progress of the Worlds Women, is produced and the role it plays in producing and disseminating high-quality gender statistics into policy-making. UN Women is an active member of the Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), which coordinates work on such data across the UN. This group’s work has included the development of a minimum set of 52 gender indicators, as well as new guidelines for measuring violence against women and girls. In addition, UN Women is collaborating with other agencies in a global gender statistics program called Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE). Preview data from the upcoming 2018 report focused on families will be presented, and contextualized in light of ongoing work at the United Nations to bring gender knowledge and knowledge about gender into the mainstream of policy-making around the world.
Laura Turquet is the Manager of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women. She has worked at UN Women (and its predecessor organization UNIFEM) for eight years, and was the lead author of the 2011 report In Pursuit of Justice and a co-author of the latest edition, Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. She is currently working on the next edition of the report, focusing on Families in a Changing World. Before that, she worked for various NGOs, women’s organizations and research institutes on different aspects of gender equality and women’s rights. In 2013, MS. Turquet co-edited a book (with Rosalind Eyben) titled Feminists in Development Organizations: Change from the Margins. In 2016, she co-founded the UN Feminist Network, which brings together feminists from across the UN system, creating an informal political space to strategize on catalyzing transformative change ‘from within’.