Manila, Philippines – EMB NCR’s Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System Executive Committee (GFPS-ExeCom) & its Gender and Development Focal Point System Technical Working Group/Secretariat  (GFPS-TWGS) held an orientation webinar for its members to be able to effectively analyze sex-disaggregated data collected from programs, projects and activities implemented.

Ms. Jemelle F. Zamora-Milanes, GAD Consultant discussed what gender statistics is, the importance of collecting sex-disaggregated data (SDD) and gender related information as building blocks of gender analysis. She explained that gender statistics reflect differences and inequalities in the situation of women and men in all areas of life (United Nations, 2006) and it relies on SDD’s and it reflects the realities of the lives of women and men and policy issues relating to gender.  She, however, cautioned that gender statistics are more than data disaggregated by sex, that, having data by sex is not a guarantee that concepts, definitions and methods used in data production reflect gender roles, relations and inequalities in society.

SDD’s are data collected based on an individual’s physical characteristics of being male or female like weight or height while Gender Related Information (GRI) are collected data on individual’s gender identity and sexual orientation, such as woman, man, transgender woman or transgender man that reflects different roles, experiences, needs, interests and access to opportunities and resources of men and women to establish an accurate picture of the local context.

She emphasized that SDD and GRI are essential inputs to a comprehensive analysis of the situation that includes the gender dimension of the development problem or situation and the existing gender issues as mentioned in the DENR-EMB-GAD Checklist for Environment Management Programs Activities and Projects.

Ms Milanes likewise discussed Part 3: Project Implementation and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMME) to review whether or not the mitigating strategies or interventions to enhance GAD rating of the major program or project have been implemented.

With the webinar, EMB NCR’s Regional GFPS Executive Committee and TWGS hope to be able to improve on its existing process and be more gender-inclusive in its plans, programs and activities.