What is the CEGS?
The Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS) serves as a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation on gender statistics. Its work is to contribute to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This initiative intends to promote innovation in the field of gender statistics and contribute to UN Women’s strategic efforts on gender statistics at the global and regional level.
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The CEGS aims to strengthen gender statistics in order to contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the main international commitments on women’s rights and gender equality including CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action, and the 2030 Agenda.
It is an innovative initiative supporting the strategic efforts of UN Women, under the scope of the UN Women Flagship Programme Initiative “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” (Women Count), which contributes to the production, accessibility, analysis and use of internationally comparable data and statistics on key and emerging issues for the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The CEGS was established through a collaboration agreement between UN Women and the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography, (INEGI by its Spanish acronym), signed in December 2017.
The institutional design of the CEGS is based on the conceptual definition of a Centre of Excellence established by the High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (2009). According to the definition a Centre of Excellence is defined as a platform that:
“… facilitates the exchange of experiences and good practices; focuses on one or several strategic thematic areas; does research to determine what works and what does not work in development policies; documents solutions and prepares public policy documents and recommendations; supports knowledge strategies based on networks; and facilitates discussion forums on public policy-related issues”.1
Our Time Line
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
1995: Launch of the Gender Statistics Association in Mexico under the Beijing Platform for Action.
1996-1998: First Survey on time use in Mexico.
2000: First International Meeting on Gender Statistics held in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
2002: First International Experts Meeting on Time Use and Unpaid Work held in Mexico City.
Creation of the Working Group on Gender Statistics for the Statistical Conference of Americas’ (SCA-ECLAC).
2013: 19 countries have produced information on time use.
2015: Launch of the 2030 Agenda containing SDGs.
2016: Launch of the UN Women flagship programme “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and announcement of the establishment of the CEGS.
2017: A cooperation agreement was signed between INEGI and UN Women for the installation of the CEGS.
2018-2020: Installation and operation of the first three years of the CEGS.
1 High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation. Review of progress made in implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, the new directions strategy for South-South cooperation and the Nairobi outcome document of the High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation. Document SSC/17/1, 2 April 2012. Paragraph 55. See also UNDP-AMEXCID. Definición de Centros de Excelencia y criterios para su impulso en México [Definition of Centres of Excellence and Criteria for their Promotion in Mexico]. Draft version, December 2016. Internal Document.