While there are strong commitments to achieving gender equality with sustainable development goal (SDG) 5, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated resource constraints and widened gender inequalities. As underscored by the recent G-7 communiqué, the Generation Equality Forum, and other international forums, there is a recognition that a renewed focus on gender equality is needed. Fundamental to “building back better” is the need for more transparent information about gender equality initiatives.
Improved data capacity, along with engagement and quality around gender financing and programmatic data, will support more rigorous policymaking and help gender stakeholders across all types of organizations to address funding gaps, to coordinate programs, to hold funders accountable to their gender equality commitments, and to learn which initiatives make societies more equal and why.
On July 8, the Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings will host a discussion on how we can make gender funding flows more transparent and effective. Friends of Publish What You Fund and Publish What You Fund will launch a research report “Making Gender Financing More Transparent” and discuss their recommendations for how donors can better engage with national stakeholders and improve the publication of their gender financing globally.
The panel discussion will feature gender funding experts from various perspectives who will address specific actions that can lead to more transparent information and move us closer toward SDG 5. More speakers to be announced as confirmed.