Equal Measures Project

For the last couple of months, I have been working alongside a team at The Information Lab to create a series of visualisations for Equal Measures 2030.

Who are Equal Measures and what were we doing for them?

Equal Measures 2030 is a civil society organisation that focuses on achieving gender equality through the use of data and advocacy.

To find out more about their work, see here.

Alongside their partners, Equal Measures launched a new SDG Gender Index, which we used as a basis for our visualisations. To find out more about this index, see here.

What did we create for them?

We created around 5 visualisations for Equal Measures – all of which took into account different perspectives and angles that they wanted covered.

My area of focus was on “Partner Countries”. They wanted to create a country specific view, looking at each of their scores for the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) that were identified as gender related.

It is a deep dive from the visualisations that show a higher level overview of the progress on gender equality.

It is designed for people who are interested in a particular country and to see how they are currently scoring on the Index.

This is what I ended up creating for each different country:

To interact with the visualisation on the website, see here.

How to read this chart:

  • For each SDG, I have created grey bands that represent the minimum and maximum score for the region selected. We decided to analyse it by region as it is assumed that countries are more similar in a regional grouping than in a global one.
  • The scores in the bubble are then highlighted in either red or blue, which indicates whether they are below or above the regional average.
  • The scores on the right-hand side, colored green, indicate the overall Global Index Score, which has been computed to take into account all of the gender related SDG’s.
  • There is also the option to compare one country to another one, by ticking more than one box in the country filter option.
  • Hover over each score to see the breakdown of those scores into each individual indicators.

Our work was shown just in time for the launch in

Key takeaways

Data is an important ingredient to monitoring change.

Monitoring can allow us to see which areas of gender equality a country is particularly poor in and to focus resources in allowing that country to reach that goal.

Visualising that data is an important step in allowing people to interact, see and understand key messages in a short period of time.

I feel very honored to be part of this project and for the contribution we have made in allowing people to understand this crucial topic. We hope this understanding will drive stronger advocacy in areas where it is lacking and praise where it is due.

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