20 October 2015 is World Statistics Day
This interactive data showcase was developed to highlight the importance of gender statistics to inform policymaking and ultimately to secure better lives for women and girls around the world. The showcase is based on figures in the report.

Click on the chapter below to explore the accompanying graphic.

Chapter 1Legal provisions safeguard women’s rights to work and at work

An increasing number of countries have introduced laws and policies to equalize women’s status at work, and provide maternity leave and childcare services

Percentage of countries with legal provisions and policies, 1975-2005

Data is from 70 countries.

See figure 1.3


Chapter 2An eye on the gap: The global gender gap in labour force participation

Across all regions, almost all men of prime working age (25-54 years) participate in the labour force, while rates of participation vary widely for women. The gender gap is striking and persistent: in no region has it been eliminated.

See figure 2.3


Chapter 3Social transfers, such as child and family benefits, can help reduce poverty among single mothers

Poverty rates among single mothers before and after transfers, percentage of single mothers, selected countries, 2000-2010

See figure 3.3


Chapter 4Unpaid care and domestic work has real economic value, in some cases greater than that of key economic sectors

The economic value of unpaid care and domestic work in Mexico is greater than mining, construction, and transportation and storage combined

Economic value of unpaid care and domestic work and select areas of economic activity as a percentage of GDP, 2013

See figure 4.3