gender equality

Harnessing the power of data visualization to end gender inequality and fuel global action

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, paid work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies, and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.


We describe obstetric fistula as the worst thing you’ve never heard of. A big part of our mission is reversing that by building awareness and raising the profile of fistula. 

The lack of attention given to obstetric fistula is a huge problem. It means that fistula is under-resourced and misunderstood. It’s seen as a low-priority symptom of much larger systemic issues. But it isn’t! 

Obstetric fistula only happens in places where systems fail women and girls. Its existence is an indicator of systemic gender inequality.  

Women with fistula live in places where the burden of gender inequality is at its most extreme. Where the spectrum of injustices they face are most profound. We believe that if obstetric fistula is prevalent, so too is extreme gender inequality. Obstetric fistula is therefore a profoundly effective indicator of systemic failure. 

Enter Visualize Gender Equality


To harness the power of data visualization in a data advocacy effort that will transform the way organizations work to end gender inequality.


We will collect and aggregate relevant data and use the power of Tableau to visualize the places where the burden of gender inequality is most extreme. Not only will this enable us to map the gender inequality that causes fistula, but it will drive forward collaboration, advocacy, and action to end other forms of extreme gender inequality.


To raise awareness of fistula, and directly connect our mission to the global network of advocates working to put a stop to the inequities that perpetuate it. By visualizing the extreme inequities that afflict women and girls, we can build a better picture of the system failures and vulnerabilities that cause this injustice and implement more targeted interventions to end it.

The project

We’re igniting a global data advocacy effort to transform the way organizations work to end gender inequality.

12 critical topics

Obstetric fistula happens in places where child marriage, FGM, gender-based violence, and other extreme inequities occur.
We'll be publishing monthly data on these topics for visualization.

1 year

On International Women's Day 2020 we'll launch the project. We'll work in partnership with Makeover Monday and publish data each month for the global Tableau community to visualize.

12 data sets

We'll use data from GOFAR, as well as large, global, public datasets. We're also looking for grassroots partners who want to have their subnational data visualized for their advocacy work.

a collective impact effort
built to empower


We'll use cutting-edge business intelligence technologies and self-service analytics tools like Tableau, Exasol, and Commcare. This technology is transformative and of unprecedented power.


The data will come from our GOFAR tool and large public data sets. We're also working with data partners and grassroots organizations to collect new subnational data for visualization.


Our goal is to convene diverse organizations to take part in this global advocacy effort. We want to unify the global community of changemakers working to end gender inequality.


This project has the power to spur advocacy efforts and action. Insights from the data visualizations will lead to fresh insights and enable more targeted resourcing and interventions.

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We want this effort to be a truly global collaboration and are on the look out for partners!

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Do you have data you'd like to see visualized in this project? Become a Visualize Gender Equality partner! Reach out to get started.

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