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Why do we need gender equality indicators?

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Equality between women and men is a fundamental value in the Nordic countries. Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities in every area of life of women and men and boys and girls. It means that every person - regardless of sex - have equal power and influence in society.

Using indicators and producing statistics that reflect the realities of the lives of women and men are necessary to both monitor progress, address challenges and to inform policies and programmes – but also share knowledge with the general public. Collecting and using gender equality data is fundamental to promoting gender equality in societies.

Nordic co-operation on gender equality issues, including in the area of statistics, has contributed towards making the Nordic region the most gender equal region in the world today.