26 Jul 2021
Gender and Migration Data: A guide for evidence-based, gender-responsive migration governance
The purpose of this note is to provide concrete guidance to policymakers, national statistical offices (NSOs) and practitioners on why it is important to promote gender-responsiveness when collecting, producing, using, analysing and disseminating migration data for policy – and how. Gender and diversity analysis is one tool that policymakers, NSOs and practitioners can use to identify needs and address policy shortcomings as part of a gender analysis framework.
This guidance note aims to address the migration data gaps in a manner relevant to all stakeholders, and promotes a whole-of-society approach. It is also meant to help operationalize IOM’s Migration Data Strategy and includes recommendations on enhancing gender indicators and gender-based methods in data production, protection, dissemination and use. The note provides succinct information on the extent to which gender is captured through macrolevel global data sets, along with a discussion of key issues relevant to gender and migration data.
The Guide is organized into three main sections: Section 1 presents the background on the rationale and the main goals of the Guide. Section 2 provides an overview of the international context and the state of the art in gender and migration data, and Section 3 offers guidelines for action at the national (and local) level to strengthen migration data work from a gender perspective.
- List of acronyms
- Section 1. Background
- Why does sex and gender disaggregation matter?
- The importance of addressing key data gaps in gender and migration
- Section 2. The international context: Increasing focus on international migration data and gender
- International commitments
- Data strategies within the United Nations and IOM
- Gender and migration data sources at the global level
- Section 3. Steps towards gender-responsive migration data
- Step 1. Rethink categorization and formulate gender-responsive policy to guide migration data collection and use
- Step 2. Integrate ethical considerations into migration data collection and security
- Step 3. Build capacities and invest in data infrastructure
- Step 4. Collect and use sex- and, whenever possible, gender-disaggregated migration data
- Step 5. Adopt a whole-of-society and whole-of-government approach in data collection, analysis, and evaluation, and use gender-responsive data to inform migration policy and practice
- Section 4. Conclusion
- Annex 1. Glossary
- Annex 2. Gender analysis of global population data
- Annex 3. Key actions for the gender-responsive implementation of the Global Compact for Migration Objective 1
- Tools and resources
- Global migration data sources
- Resources on gender and migration data and statistics
- Migration data sources