In 1995, at the end of the Fourth World Conference on Women, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted: it lays down a clear set of principles and goals to empower women and achieve gender equality. About ten years later, the need to assess progress in women’s lives is highly recognised; for this reason, the production, analysis and dissemination of accurate statistics on gender is instrumental.
As Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs said: “there is an urgent need to improve statistical systems to ensure the full mainstreaming of gender in data production, analysis and dissemination and increase the availability of gender statistics for national and international monitoring”.
Sogeti provides statistical consultancy on gender statistics at both national (Luxembourg, etc.) and EU level (the European Commission - Eurostat, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), DG Research and Innovation, etc.) across different areas of research: health, labour market, economy, education, etc. Besides having its in-house team of experts, Sogeti is also part of a network of international recognized academics and experts in gender statistics.
In the recent past, Sogeti has offered statistical consultancy in Gender statistics to Eurostat, DG Research and Innovation and the Minister of Equal Opportunity of Luxembourg. Many have been the subject under analysis, namely: Female Genital Mutilation, Women in board of Directors, Women in Sciences, etc.
Within the framework of gender statistics, our in-house team of expert is able to provide expertise in the different stages of the data lifecycle, i.e.:
Between 2011 and 2013, Sogeti was in charge of the production of Women in Sciences - She Figures 2012: a statistical publication containing figures and indicators on Gender in Research and Innovation. This project, implemented for the EU DG Research and Innovation, included content production, as well as data collection and analysis.
For the Minister of Equal Opportunities of Luxembourg, Sogeti recently conducted a review of studies and publications carried out by recognized national and international organisation. To the request of the client, the studies selected were then used to feed a dedicated page of the website of the aforementioned Minister.
In particular, the activities carried out included (1) the collection and selection of relevant existing documents, (2) the establishment of a clear and meaningful hierarchy, (3) the maintenance of the web pages (updates, feeds, etc.)
As a contractor for the Minister of Equal Opportunities of Luxembourg, Sogeti also carried out the data collection and analysis of the representation of women in the boards of directors of public enterprises. Within this framework, Sogeti set up the dataset with the relevant information, analysed the data collected and disseminated the results.
In the recent past, Sogeti was also involved in the Methodological review of the study on the estimation of the number of girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in selected EU Member States. Funded by the EIGE, this project included both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and techniques for social research and resulted in a methodological review. In particular it included (1) the review of the definitions previously used and the assessment of their compliance/compatibility with the statistical definitions used by Eurostat for migration statistics, (2) the analysis and evaluation of the sources used, (3) the assessment of the estimation methods employed, (4) support on the interpretation and dissemination of the results.
Within the framework of projects focusing on subjects other than gender, Sogeti is very often confronted with the gender dimension, as this crosses different statistical domains. In particular, gender is of high importance in the context of the joint data collection of Crime Statistics, which Sogeti is currently conducting for Eurostat. Also, the gender component proved to be instrumental for the analysis and publication of data on Trafficking in Human Beings Sogeti recently carried out for the Statistical Office of the European Union.