Interim Findings from the Global Count




The Global Count (GC) is a global mapping project designed to ensure that individual women’s and gender-diverse people’s opinions, needs, and perspectives inform the Global Acceleration Plans for Gender Equality formed by each Action Coalition (AC) at the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) 2021.

At the close of a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic when human rights authorities declared that gender-based violence and inequities in the workplace are as bad as they were 25 years ago, in 2021, it is more crucial than ever to get an accurate and comprehensive picture of how individuals around the world are being impacted by gender inequality. The post-pandemic “Global Reset” allows us an opportunity to give people from all contexts and walks of life the opportunity to define the issues affecting their lives and inform how we rebuild our systems and societies in an equitable way.

The Global Count is an opportunity to ensure the voices of women and gender-diverse people define what is needed when it comes to funding and policy-making decisions that will impact them.

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The Global Count is poised to hold Global Acceleration Plans for Gender Equality to account.

The Global Count gives unique insight into the experiences and needs of women and gender-diverse people across the world and lays the groundwork for filling the gaps when it comes to quality data on key issues impacting these groups. What it also offers is an accountability mechanism to ensure policies, funding and programme decisions around key themes that affect women and gender-diverse people’s lives match the lived reality and needs they have cited themselves.

We hope to be able to demonstrate its function as a mechanism to strengthen the Action Coalitions’ plans to accelerate gender equality, and to guarantee the efforts of all at the GEF can have lasting and irreversible impacts. Women themselves are the key to understanding how we can tackle gender inequality – now is the time to integrate their voices fully into our efforts to uplift and help all women and gender-diverse people thrive.

Feminist Movements and Leadership

The origins of the Global Count are in feminist movements, and thus, its findings are closely aligned with the plans emerging from the Action Coalition for Feminist Movements and Leadership.


Gender Based Violence

Ending Violence, Harassment, and Abuse’ at 48% is the most prominently chosen response to the question, ‘Which three issues are the most critical for you as a person?’

Bodily Autonomy

The right to sexual and reproductive health and bodily autonomy is critical for women’s empowerment and the project of gender equality globally. At present, nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception, or seek health care, according to UNFPA’s 2021 State of World Population report.

Economic Justice

The pandemic had ripple effects on economies across the world with women bearing the brunt of the burden, manifesting in more job losses and increased insecurity. A report by McKinsey last year showed that women’s jobs were 1.8 times more vulnerable to the crisis than men’s jobs, and despite only making up 39% of global employment, women accounted for 54% of overall job losses.

Climate Justice

Despite the Climate Crisis being the biggest challenge facing the world today, results from the GC do not correlate with this urgency, with many respondents not considering it as prevalent an issue as others.

Technology & Innovation

The connection between a lack of data on women, and consequential unreliability of funding and policy initiatives to progress women’s equality is evident: only 1% of gender-focused aid went to women-led organisations in 2016/2017. That meagre 1% is made even less effective by the fact that the bulk of it remained in “donor countries” and did not reach those in need on a local level. 


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Adrianne Bradford, University of Maryland

Alena Sharday Maze, University of Maryland

Alexandra Pittman, Impact Mapper

Kimberlé Crenshaw, African American Policy Forum (AAPF)

Sarah Dickins, Plan International


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