Data Feminism

Intersectional Data-Driven Advocacy and Policy for Gender Equity

Why Data Feminism?

Women’s plights have long been made invisible in data. Nevertheless, data collected, analyzed and interpreted from an intersectional approach can contribute to program and policy design, as well as to empower women and gender minority groups. DPA’s program Data Feminism is inspired by the concepts and principles discussed by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein in their homonymous book, as well as by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which identifies Goal 5 as “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. We aim to produce evidence for advocacy and policy to accelerate intersectional, feminist and LGBTQI+ inclusive gender equality. 

"It will take 135.6 years to close the gender gap worldwide if the current trajectory continues..."
Global Gender Gap Report, 2021


DPA has over three years of experience leveraging mix-methods approaches and non-traditional data to approach gender-related projects. Some of the key methods employed are: evidence-based assessments, gender and data capacity-building, and advanced GBV data modelling and visualization.


Product 1

Evidence-based Gender Assessments

Product 2

Gender and Data Training

Product 3

GBV Modelling


Reporting and Registering Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls in Bogotá and São Paulo: A Data-Driven Model

This project, conducted with the support of Unidas, leveraged traditional and non-traditional data sources to assess the reporting capability of women and girls in Bogotá  and São Paulo. More specifically, the analytical model estimates the probability of registering domestic violence at the locality level taking into account personal and contextual factors (e.g. age, marital status, educational attainment, race, access to support services, human mobility during the COVID-19 quarantine, among others). The results and insights will inform policy and programme design.

Country Gender Equality Profile for Liberia

The report, commissioned by UN Women Liberia, provides a thorough analysis of the fragile state of gender equality in Liberia, making it topic that requires attention, commitment, and collective endeavor. As part of increasing efforts to break away from this reality and eliminate all forms of gender-based discrimination and violence, the Country Gender Equality Profile (CGEP) represents an important guide to assess the existing situation regarding women’s empowerment and gender equality in Liberia.

Gender Data 201 Course

Gender Data 201 is a free self-paced online course developed by Data-Pop Alliance with support from Meta and TechChange (the hosting platform). The objective of the course is to develop a hands-on online learning experience to equip participants with data skills needed to lead gender-responsive advocacy work, decision-making processes, and/or policy design and implementation. We also aim to foster the creation of a larger international community of gender data practitioners, driving social change through collaboration.

Institutional Gender Assessment for Cinvestav 2021

This project was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav), a public institution with 10 research centers across Mexico. The particular goals were to i) understand the impact that gender inequality has on the professional and educational lives of women that work or study in the institution; ii) propose recommendations and actions that contribute to the adoption of institutional policies with a gender perspective; iii) and promote gender equality within the community. A Final Report containing key insights and recommendations was made available to the Cinvestav community. 

Mental Health and Gender Inequality in the MENA Region: An Analysis of Shock Related Factors Within the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The goal of this project was to produce a research paper focused on the psychological impacts of COVID-19, seeking to also understand how socioeconomic, behavioral and policy changes are causing gendered mental health inequalities in the MENA region. This paper was produced with the analysis of information provided by the ERF-COVID-19 MENA Monitor.