Project Launch: Unveiling the Voices Behind Gender Equality Data

May 17, 2024

Project Title: Gender Equality (SDG 5): The Story Behind the Data

Project Lead: Dr. Laura Rahm, MSCA Research Fellow
Department of Public Policy, Central European University
Quellenstraße 51, 1100 Vienna

Aim of the Project:

“The Story Behind the Data" is an innovative storytelling project that aims to illuminate the human elements behind the production and use of gender equality data. Through this initiative, we seek to engage with the individuals—both producers and users—who are involved in the creation and interpretation of statistics that monitor progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5, Gender Equality).


In 2015, the United Nations outlined the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for achieving a more equitable, peaceful, and sustainable world by 2030. Central to these goals is SDG 5, which focuses on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Annually, progress is tracked and reported in the Gender Snapshot among other reports. However, beyond the numbers and charts lie important stories from those who bring this data to life. Our project seeks to explore these narratives and understand what data truly represents to those who are closest to it.

Project Participants:

Participants for this project were carefully selected following their free and informed consent during the 68th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, in March 2024.


The stories and insights gathered through this project are showcased at the Long Night of Research on May 24th, 2024, 6.30-7.30 pm, at Central European University in Vienna, Austria. This evening event, free and open to the public, is designed to make research accessible to a broader audience and provide an intimate look into the personal and professional impacts of those who work with gender equality data.


Join us for a night of discovery and dialogue at the Long Night of Research. We look forward to welcoming you to an evening of insightful narratives and engaging discussions that bridge the gap between data and the stories behind it. 

Acknowledgements: We thank all the participants of this storytelling project. Their willingness to share your personal experiences and insights has been invaluable. Special thanks goes to the CEU’s Communication Team, particularly Sotiris Bekas, for the professional support and expertise in video making. 

Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement (894029) and the Department of Public Policy at the Central European University.