Better Data to Better Monitor the Status of Women in Informal Employment, Unpaid Work and Work in Rural Areas and Agriculture

Data2X and ILO Department of Statistics are jointly organizing a Roundtable discussion to be held in Geneva on Oct 1-2, 2014. The aim is to bring together key stakeholders to review progress and agree on actions that could help to improve practices for producing and disseminating statistics in fundamental policy areas related to gender and the world of work, namely, informal employment, unpaid work, and work in rural areas and agriculture. This is an opportune time for taking actions to improve gaps in these data. There is significant political attention being paid to the gender data issues coming from the post 2015 Development Agenda and the call for a data revolution as well as follow up to the Beijing +20. Also, there is global recognition among official producers of the statistics of the need to measure all forms of work, paid and unpaid, as evidenced by the latest statistical standards adopted by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013.