Rwanda launches gender data lab to drive inclusivity through data innovation

In a momentous stride towards gender equality, Rwanda has inaugurated the Gender Data Lab (GDL), an innovative initiative set to revolutionize gender data collection, analysis, and utilization. The collaboration between the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), PARIS21, and the Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) marks a significant milestone in Rwanda’s commitment to fostering gender equality and inclusivity.

The launch event, held at the prestigious National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, witnessed a gathering of influential stakeholders from various sectors, including government officials, experts, civil society representatives, and international partners. Together, they celebrated the inception of the Gender Data Lab and engaged in constructive discussions regarding gender data needs and priorities.


UMUTONI Gatsinzi Nadine, the Chief Gender Monitor, emphasized the transformative potential of the Gender Data Lab. “The establishment of the Gender Data Lab is a monumental step forward in our ongoing efforts to bridge gender data gaps and build a more inclusive society,” remarked Umutoni. “Through innovative approaches to data collection and analysis, we can ensure that policies are grounded in evidence and responsive to the diverse needs of all citizens.”

Representing the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, Ivan Murenzi echoed this sentiment, highlighting the GDL’s capacity to drive meaningful change. “By harnessing the power of data and technology,” Murenzi stated, “we aim to generate actionable insights that will drive tangible improvements in the lives of women and girls across Rwanda.”

The Gender Data Lab will focus on developing sustainable data products that consolidate existing gender data sources and employ advanced data science techniques to extract meaningful insights. By bridging the gap between data producers and users, the GDL promises to empower policymakers with the evidence they need to formulate gender-responsive policies and programs.

As Rwanda continues to champion gender equality, the launch of the Gender Data Lab signifies a new era of progress and innovation. By fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making, the GDL aims to pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable society, one data point at a time.

Carine Kayitesi

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