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Gender Data Gaps: A Femquant Workshop

Jun 12

Sponsored by Kent Q step and the Gender, Sexuality and Culture research Cluster, SSPSSR, University of Kent. Supported by Women's Budget Group Early Career Network.

FemQuant presents our second major event, a one-day workshop on the gender data gap, to be held at Darwin College Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent, Canterbury UK, from 10am to 6.30pm on 12 June.

The event is completely free to attend and all are welcome. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


The event will also be LIVE STREAMED - check back here or follow us on Twitter @femquant for updates!


Event description:

The ability to study gender inequality in all its manifestations, as well as the lives of women and girls more generally, is undermined by missing and selective data in survey and administrative datasets. In many ways, as recently stated by Melinda Gates, ‘data [are] sexist’. Gender data gaps exist across health, education, economic opportunities, political participation, and human security.

FemQuant, a network of researchers interested in the intersection between feminism and quantitative research methods in the social sciences, has organised this one day interdisciplinary workshop to explore gender data gaps across a range of themes and regions.

The event frames the gender data gap as a feminist issue, one which has come about from survey and administrative data design being viewed primarily through the lens of men’s lives and concerns. The invited talks and paper presentations will outline gender data gaps that exist in survey, administrative and other quantitative data, and speakers will offer possible solutions, including the innovations offered by big data and changes to the content and structure of surveys to capture crucial information about gendered lives.


Draft Programme:

10.00-10.20 Registration

10.20-10.30 Welcome

10.30-11.15 Lauren Probert, Government Equalities Office: Understanding the UK Gender Pay Gap: Reporting and Beyond. In 2017, UK Government introduced mandatory Gender Pay Gap (GPG) reporting for large employers, achieving 100% compliance in the first year. In this talk, Lauren will give an overview of the GPG reporting process, and the ways in which GEO are using this data to support employers close their pay gaps. However, the reported data is only one part of the picture: Lauren will also discuss GEO's wider work to understand the drivers of the gender pay gap - including via analysis of survey data - and how we might best shape policy to reduce it.

11.15-11.45 Break

11.45-12.45 Paper session 1

12.45-1.45 Lunch

1.45-2.30 Ridhi Kashyap, University of Oxford: Gender data gaps and the potential of big data. Ridhi will speak about her recent work on filling gaps in knowledge about gendered digital lives internationally using big data, including from her Digital Gender Gaps project.

2.30-3.30 Paper session 2 

3.30-3.45 Break

3.45-4.30 Melissa Randall, Office for National Statistics: Filling the gaps in Gender Identity data. Data users are desperate to know more about gender identity, to plan services, inform policy and simply understand the population. The Office for National Statistics has done extensive work on how to fill this data gap. Melissa Randall, who coordinates ONS’ international, cross-government and cross-method work on this characteristic, will present what is happening internationally, what is recommended for the England and Wales Census in 2021, and other work to increase the availability of gender identity data across government

4.30-5.15 Paper session 3

5.15-5.30 Break 

5.30-6.30 Roundtable discussion: Everyday implications of the gender data gap. Hosted by Women’s Budget Group.

Event information
University of Kent