Assessing the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in Uzbekistan: What Data are Available?
More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic, various attempts have been made to measure the impact of the pandemic and, in particular, to examine how pre-existing inequalities and vulnerabilities have intensified. A challenge for many countries, including Uzbekistan, is to assess the specific gendered impacts of the pandemic and to quantify how much ground has been lost. This brief summarizes the key findings of the assessment, which looked into the availability of data that can be used to evaluate the gendered impacts of COVID-19. The assessment aims to contribute to gender-responsive and evidence-based policy making in Uzbekistan. It focuses on data and statistics compiled and disseminated by the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics (SSC) and on recent assessments and studies related to the impact of COVID-19 that have been conducted by different United Nations (UN) organizations and development partners. The assessment identifies indicators for which data has been collected for several years and determined whether the data is disaggregated by sex. It then pinpoints to key gaps in critical data and information about gender equality before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. These gaps must be addressed in order to analyze progress towards the implementation of the national strategic framework on gender equality and international commitments.