In a world where it is quite hard to find data that will reflect women’s experiences, the intention behind this project is to share the figures currently available to make different facets of women’s lives visible and tangible. Women’s experiences are often mixed up, and “lost”, among the data or statistics about men, with heavy repercussions on governments’ policies, and the way society as a whole thinks and interacts. This kind of opacity affects infinite disciplines, decisions, and behaviours, from city planning to where state money is invested, right through to our ideas around gender roles, and more. It is, therefore, important to highlight the condition of the half of the world population that is very often overlooked and ignored, and shed light on these hidden figures and datasets.
We hope that this action will inspire and encourage people to reflect on the realities of women around the world, and that going forward we will see more and more data specifically about women to help tackle the same old problem of gender inequality. By putting the spotlight on what’s been mostly relegated to the dark. We hope that policymakers will take notice and act accordingly.
We will also be looking to expand our focus in the following weeks to cast light on the people behind the data, and this is where we’ll need your help! If you know a person, community, or organisation whose work focuses on celebrating or telling the untold and/or not commonly known talents, experiences, and stories of women, we would love to hear from you.
Make sure to check in on social media every Friday, and we’ll be back with more updates soon.