Launch of the Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics & First Global Conference on Gender Equality and Unpaid Care & Domestic Work in Mexico City

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Image of Dr Mandy Yap and Papa Seck at the launch of the Centre for Excellence in Gender Statistics
Dr Mandy Yap (ANU IDM Team) and Papa Seck (Chief Statistician, UN Women) at the launch of CEGS - the Centre for Excellence in Gender Statistics.

On the 10 & 11 September, the Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS) was launched in Mexico City, followed by the First Global Conference on Gender Equality and the Measurement of Unpaid Care and Domestic Work.

The launch was convened by UN Women and INEGI at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Room in Mexico’s capital.

CEGS “aims to strengthen gender statistics through collaboration, knowledge sharing, research and innovation”.

The events brought together experts in policy analysis and statistics to discuss the aims and objectives of the Center, and how it can help close gender data gaps across Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as globally.

Dr Mandy Yap, Research Fellow on the ANU IDM team attended the launch and conference. She was part of the panel “How well do current measures capture gender inequalities in unpaid care and domestic work”.

She also presented the IDM and its contributions to understanding of time use measurement at the individual level.

Photo of Dr Mandy Yap standing with Nancy Folbre, of the University of Massachusettes. They are standing in front of the CEGS stage in Mexico City.
Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts) and Dr Mandy Yap (ANU IDM Team) at the launch of the Centre for Excellence in Gender Statistics.

One of the IDM’s 15 dimensions is time use. Dr Yap explained the IDM features which enable the collection of rich, gender sensitive data. With a focus on the time use dimension, she discussed issues arising from participatory work:

  • The time burden of gathering essential supplies of water and fuel, including the extensive distances travelled to collection/harvesting sites.
  • The time required for household chores such as caring, washing, cooking, and other household duties, was also identified as a burden, falling mostly on women.
  • These time burdens create trade-offs, with negative implications for other aspects of life, such as the inability to undertake paid work and/or the loss of time for rest, sleep, or leisure.

The IDM captures unpaid care and domestic work in a variety of ways, including:

  • Time use dimension
    • Time spent on paid and unpaid work
    • Time available for rest, leisure and personal care
    • Whether an individual has cared for a child under 13 years while undertaking other activities
    • The extent of multitasking undertaken
  • Work dimension
    • Unpaid/domestic work burden (hours in a day and days in a week)
    • Whether the respondent wishes to do less domestic work
    • Hazardous conditions of unpaid work and respect and valued for unpaid work

Dr Yap also shared lessons learned so far from collecting time use data for the IDM.

Find out more about the launch of the Center for Excellence in Gender Statistics.