The UN Women in collaboration with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is implementing a programme called ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MEWGC): Supporting the Monitoring and Implementation of the SDGS through Better Production and Use of Gender Statistics.

The first step in the programme was the establishment of an Inter-Agency Technical Committee on Gender Statistics (IATC-GS) to provide technical direction and monitor the progress of the implementation phase of the programme. The committee was launched in September 2017 at the KNBS offices by the KNBS Director General.


KNBS Director General addressing the IATC-GS


The committee comprises officers from Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Council of Governors and Civil Society who are producers and users of gender statistics. NCPD is represented in the committee.

Activities of the IATC- GS

Among the initial tasks for the members was to identify the SDGs that touch on gender which Kenya is expected to report on.

The UN women led the process that also covered the following areas;

  • Status of Gender Statistics in KNBS
  • Monitoring SDGs in Kenya – 128 SDG Indicators for Kenya
  • Minimum Set of Gender Indicators
  • Background of the Global Programme MEWGC
  • Formation of Sector Groups by outcome areas
  • Developing TORs for Inter-Agency Gender Statistics Technical Committee
  • Developing a work plan of activities for the 2018-19 financial year (FY)
  • Developing a calendar of Meetings for the 2018-19 FY

Building the capacity of the members to produce gender statistics and promote their use was identified as a priority from the beginning. As part of capacity building, a high level training for data producers was held in November 2018 in Naivasha.

Among the topics participants were taken through in the training were;

  • Global, Regional and National Frameworks for Gender Statistics
  • Monitoring SDGs from a Gender Perspective
  • Minimum Set of SDGs Gender Indicators
  • Background of the Global Programme (MEWGC)
  • Gender Statistics Country Assessment
  • Production of Gender Statistics
  • Measuring Unpaid Care Work/Time Use Surveys
  • Gender Dimensions in Production of Gender Statistics


Participants at the training workshop


Global Classification of the SDG indicators

To facilitate the implementation of the global indicator framework, all indicators are classified into three tiers based on their level of methodological development and the availability of data at the global level, as follows:

Tier Classification Criteria/Definitions:

Tier 1 Indicators

  • Are 101 in number
  • Conceptually clear,
  • Have an internationally established methodology and standards are available,
  • Data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.

Tier 2 Indicator

  • Are 84 in number
  • Is conceptually clear,
  • Has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries.

Tier 3 Indicators

  • Are 41 in number
  • Have no internationally established methodology/standards available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested

There are 6 indicators that have multiple tiers (different components of the indicator are classified into different tiers).

Upcoming Activities for the IATC-GS        

Review and update of the national gender datasheet

Re-processing of existing data (KIHBS, DHS and ICT Survey) to generate Tier I and Tier II indicators.

Conducting a Time Use survey



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