International Women’s Day 2024 

Written by: The DHS Program

08 Mar, 2024

Today we take a closer look at data related to gender equality in honor of International Women’s Day 2024. The DHS Program routinely collects data on Sustainable Development Goal #5 related to gender equality in specific areas such as labor market participation, experience of violence, female genital mutilation, and more.

This year’s United Nations theme is “Invest in women: accelerate progress” for prosperous economies and a healthy planet. DHS data allow us to explore many specific indicators across regions and countries. How does women’s economic participation vary across countries from Ghana to the Philippines? How does Kenyan women’s experience of physical violence compare to Cambodian women’s experience of physical violence? What proportion of women in Burkina Faso and Nepal make their own decisions about sexual relations, family planning use, and health care?

The DHS Program has a long history of collecting data on women’s employment, experience of physical violence, decision making about sexual and reproductive health, and many other gender equality indicators. Governments and other stakeholders can use these data to make investments to accelerate progress towards achieving gender equality and women’s well-being worldwide.

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Explore the wealth of gender-related resources and publications available at Learn more about Sustainable Development Goal #5, gender equality indicators from recent DHS surveys in the infographic below and by using


  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

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Anthropometry measurement (height and weight) is a core component of DHS surveys that is used to generate indicators on nutritional status. The Biomarker Questionnaire now includes questions on clothing and hairstyle interference on measurements for both women and children for improved interpretation.