By DOH JAMES SONKEY
Members of the Gender Data Journalists Network, Statisticians/Demographers have been equipped with gender data visualisation techniques and tools to produce and disseminate statistical inserts on gender data. Their capacities were reinforced last July 7 and 8, 2020 at Omnisport quarter in Yaounde, at a two-day workshop jointly organised by the Gender Data Journalists Network, the Central Bureau of Censuses and Population Studies (BUCREP) with the technical and financial support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) under the Women Count project.
Welcoming participants, the National Coordinator of the network, Emmanuel Batake explained that this first session in a series, is aimed at enabling participants to master the tools for disseminating gender data, strengthen and encourage dialogue between media (data users) and data producers on gender data. Also, the programme has as focus to initiate and encourage journalists to integrate statistical inserts on disaggregated and gender data in their daily work with appropriate data visualisation techniques and, provide participants with good practices in popularising statistical data on gender and the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
For two days, the 30 participants were schooled by resource persons on the concepts of statistical inserts, as well as techniques for manipulating data on gender and the SDGs.
Before separating from the workshop, participants pledged to integrate the use of disaggregated data in order to make it visible in their daily work thanks to data visualisation techniques.
Addressing participants via Skype at the opening ceremony, Ms. Hind Jalal, Representative of UN Women Cameroon, highlighted that this activity is a suitable opportunity to strengthen the dialogue between producers and users of data in order to reduce the difficulties of access to gender data, and by the same opportunity to considerably improve the use of appropriate illustrations in the various reports, and mastery of statistical and scientific language.
She concluded that “the global crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is deepening fast, leaving researchers and policymakers scrambling to collect and analyse data to assess its impact on affected countries and population. This urgent health crisis will have massive global social and economic impacts that will reverberate for years to come. The immediate need for gender data cannot be overemphasised”.