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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 women and girls.


Survey findings

The results of the EM2030 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 Global Advocates Survey helped to clarify that our SDG Gender Index needs to:

  • Reflect issues that top the list of advocates’ priorities and for which there is a ready-made constituency of support (such as GBV and SRHR).
  • 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 and public finance.
  • Provide a platform for advocacy on more and better gender data (including disaggregated data) to fill the gaps where there is not enough global data at present to measure several critical gender equality policy issues.
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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Visualizing equality with Tableau Public and the Makeover Monday community

In September 2018, we teamed up with Tableau Public and the Makeover Monday community to find new stories in our Global Advocates Survey data. Every Monday, enthusiastic data visualizers from all over the world are given a data set and given the opportunity to use Tableau software to create visualizations. 

Explore a selection of data visualizations developed by volunteer data visualizers

*EM2030 does not own these visualizations and is not responsible for the content included therein. The visualizations are owned and created by external parties. 

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