This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the current state of play for gender statistics in the Maldives. It is the first of its kind, focusing on the production, availability and use of gender indicators that are key to the national goals. It is a result of a cooperation between the Maldives National Bureau of Statistical (NBS), the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services (MGFSS) as well as PARIS21 and UN Women, under the latter’s flagship global programme “Women Count”, which aims to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted.
The assessment examined both data and statistical capacity gaps. It aimed at providing an overview of current production, coordination and communication of gender statistics in the Maldives Statistical System (MSS). The recommendations originating from this assessment were meant to facilitate the integration of gender statistics strategy in the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) designed over 2019-2020 for the period of 2020-2030. It is a timely contribution to SDG monitoring target 17.8, which calls for countries to increase the quality of gender statistics by 2020.