Missing Data

The world will not end hunger until girls and women are empowered. Empowerment relies on annual data to track the issues that matter most. The United Nations has defined a set of 52 indicators essential to telling the story of women’s empowerment. This is by far the largest, most comprehensive set of gender indicators ever assembled. However, more than half of the indicators average less than one data point per country from 1990 to 2013. Telling the story then is quite challenging. Millions of women—especially in developing countries—remain in the shadows.