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2018 Global Advocates Survey

We asked more than 600 gender advocates about their views on progress towards gender equality, how they feel about current data sources and what issues to prioritise in our push for better and more accessible data in order to better meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for girls and women.


Survey Findings

The results of the 2018 Global Advocates Survey demonstrate that advocates have different perspectives according to their own gender, with more than half of male respondents (55%) saying the gender equality situation in their country has improved, compared to one third of female respondents (33%).

  • 91% of the advocates surveyed believed that collecting data on issues that affect girls and women is not a priority for governments.
  • 89% of advocates agree that achieving the SDGs for girls and women will not be possible without the right data.
  • 49% of the advocates feel that gender equality has neither improved nor worsened, but has instead remained static for the past five years.
  • When asked what would help them to use data and evidence more effectively to promote gender equality, 70% of the advocates surveyed agree that they need greater knowledge of existing data and where to find them.


The 2018 Global Advocates Survey helped to clarify that the SDG Gender Index needs to:

  • Reflect issues that are of top priority for advocates and for which there is a ready-made constituency of support (such as gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights).
  • Draw attention to systemic issues that are rarely thought of as gender equality issues, but that influence gender equality progress across all SDGs, such as climate change and public finance.
  • Provide a platform for advocacy on more and better gender data (including disaggregated data) to fill the gaps in global data availability to measure several critical gender equality policy issues.


Read more in our 2018 Global Report here

Did you know...?Findings from EM2030 and Ipsos Mori Global Advocates Survey 2018


of gender advocates said that government data on gender equality are incomplete



of advocates said that there is not enough technical know-how on gender data within governments



marked gender-based violence as a top three gender equality priority issue

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