The Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS) organized in partnership with INEGI and UN Women’s Research and Data Section, the side event “Gender and Geospatial Research and Analysis” on the margins of the ninth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UNGGIM), in the United Nations Headquarters, in New York city, on August 2019. The side event brought together experts from the UN-GGIM community, Member States, academia, civil society and private sector actors to explore and discuss how Geospatial Information System (GIS) can be used to fill critical knowledge gaps around gender equality.
As part of its Innovation Lab function, the CEGS aims to play a key role in unlocking the potential uses of geospatial information to yield new insights in gender statistics as well as and contribute to building a multidisciplinary network of experts in this field, in the effort to make this work more visible and widely available.
During the side event, it was recognized that there is an inherent lack of gender research using spatial data and GIS tools and very little is known in this regard. Thus, this side event presents an important opportunity to further explore and unlock the potential of GIS to help knowledge gaps on gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly related to unpaid care and domestic work, disaster risk reduction and women’s economic empowerment.
Also, it was expressed a strong urge to empower women working in GIS to provide a platform of collaboration, to share experiences and strengthen women’s voices within the global geospatial community. Overall, gender and geospatial research is of high interest within the UN-GGIM community, but more work needs to be done to further explore how GIS can be used to advance gender research. This side event was the first step in creating a dialogue around gender within the UN-GGIM formal sessions.