Gender Indicators, Australia, a new six-monthly product, presents an initial national set of gender indicators to support analysis and monitor the outcomes of women and men in Australia. By drawing on a wide range of ABS statistics and statistics from other official sources, Gender Indicators, Australia will aid in exploring the differences between males and females, and how their economic and social conditions are changing over time. This information will assist and inform government policy and decision makers in the development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs aimed at achieving gender equality.
The Office for Women (OfW), under the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), and the Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers’ Conference on the Status of Women contributed to the funding to produce this first release of Gender Indicators, Australia.
The indicators are organised into six domains representing major areas of social concern for gender equality – Economic security, Education, Health, Work and family balance, Safety and justice, and Democracy, governance and citizenship. The publication presents data for 49 key indicators and 42 related supporting indicators across all the six major areas of social concern. Some indicators are also accompanied with written commentary of key points and graphical representation.
MEETING MATERIAL 14TH MAY 2012
The Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) Initiative is a new partnership that seeks to push existing efforts to have comparable gender indicators on education, employment, entrepreneurship and assets. This initiative was launched by the United States at the OECD Ministerial Session on Gender and Development and builds on the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS).The joint initiative will establish a flexible mechanism co-managed by UN-Women and the UN Statistics Division.
Initially, this initiative will cover three years from March 2012 to February 2015.
The three “Entrepreneurship” indicators listed on the last page of the attachment are:
– Percentage of firms owned by women
– Proportion of employed who are employer, by sex
– Proportion of employed who are own-account workers, by sex