In a pivotal moment for Rwanda's pursuit of gender equality, the Gender Data Lab (GDL) was officially launched on April 3, 2024. This groundbreaking initiative, spearheaded by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) in collaboration with PARIS21 and the Gender Monitoring Office (GMO), marks a significant step towards bridging gender data gaps and fostering inclusive development.

The event, held at the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, brought together a diverse array of stakeholders, including government officials, experts from various ministries, civil society representatives, and international partners. At the forefront of the discussions was the urgent need for accurate and accessible gender data to inform decision-making and policy formulation.

Speaking at the launch event, Ivan Murenzi, representing the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, emphasized the transformative potential of the Gender Data Lab. NISR, partners launch the Gender Data Lab

"By harnessing the power of data and technology, we aim to generate actionable insights that will drive meaningful change in the lives of women and girls across Rwanda," said Murenzi. "Through collaboration and innovation, we can build a more inclusive society where every individual has the opportunity to thrive."

The Gender Data Lab is set to revolutionize the accessibility and utilization of gender data by developing sustainable data products that consolidate existing sources of information. By engaging key stakeholders throughout the process, the initiative seeks to ensure that its outputs are relevant, user-friendly, and responsive to the needs of decision-makers at all levels.

As Rwanda continues to lead the way in promoting gender equality, the launch of the Gender Data Lab signals a new era of progress and innovation. By empowering policymakers with evidence-based insights, the initiative aims to drive gender-responsive policies and programs that promote equality and inclusivity for all. This project was made possible with financial support from UNDP, GIZ and PARIS21.


Communication Officer, NISR