UN Women Uganda deputy country Representative Hon.Cecile Mukarubuga contends that quality gender statistics are a prerequisite to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since they adequately reflect the lived realities of women and men, girls and boys.

Ms. Mukarubuga made the remarks at the third Annual Gender Statistic Forum (AGSF) held at Imperial Royal Hotel on Thursday November 28, 2019 during which the findings of the Time Use Survey (TUS) by UBOS and EPRC were further analyzed and disseminated to various stakeholders.

The diplomat argued that gender statistics are indispensable tools for developing evidence based policies and solutions to achieve gender equality and empowerment. “Such statistics, which include but are not limited to sex-disaggregated data, shed light on areas where progress is made, provide evidence of what works and reveal gaps where further efforts are needed, “she stressed.

EPRC carried out qualitative research to provide the narratives, experiences, regarding time allocation across different regions and cultures, gender divide, education levels and age groups, which enriched the contextual understanding of time use in Uganda. Dr. Francis Mwesigye presented to the forum a paper on “Empirical Investigation of Gender and Time Use in Uganda” while Dr. Madina Guloba presented findings in a paper titled The extent of women empowerment in Uganda: A multi-dimensional approach”.  DFID and UN Women supported UBOS to undertake the first ever TUS and results of as well as data of the survey are already being used for policy, programming and reporting  

The minister of state for Gender, Labour and Social Development Ms. Peace Mutuuzo, latest time said that most governments, Uganda inclusive had put in place measures to promote gender equality in terms of access to resources, political representation, and reduced discrimination at work. Added that, we must all strike a mechanism to make sure the SGDS are successful in relation to Gender based statistics.

Some of the findings indicated that across all levels of education, the practice of husbands singly making decisions on large purchases has decreased over time – overall by 4.5 percentage points between 2011 (35.7%) and 2016 (31.2%) and that men  in the service industry were more likely to decide on how to spend their money without consulting their spouses

According to UN Women, only  41% of countries regularly produce violence against women data, 15% of countries have legislation that mandates specialized gender-based surveys, and only 13% of the countries have a dedicated gender statistics budget:

The Executive Director Uganda National Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) Dr. Chris Ndatira Mukiza said the bureau continues to include time use questions in the National Household Surveys (UNHS) and that in 2013 they were able to compile a report on patterns of time use information and policy implications. He observed that there are still gaps that call for a fully-fledged Time Use Survey since the UNHSs cannot accommodate all the requirements

The third forum was organized through a collaborative arrangement with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD); Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC); Makerere University School of Women and Gender Studies (MUK-SWGS), and Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) with support from UN Women.


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