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Data2X fellowship: UN Foundation calls for application from journalists

THE United Nations Foundation is calling on interested journalists to apply for its Data2X press fellowship, which is focused on gender data.

The fellowship will be held in October 2018 alongside the second UN World Data Forum in Dubai. As part of the fellowship, journalists will receive a stipend to cover travel costs and will have access to exclusive briefings.

This fellowship is intended for any journalist who covers gender equality, data, or sustainable development issues and would find this opportunity beneficial to their reporting.

Over 1,500 data experts – including national statisticians, data scientists from the private sector, academia, international organizations, and civil society groups from more than 100 countries – are expected to attend the 2018 UN World Data Forum which will be held in Dubai, the UAE, between October 22 and 24, 2018.


The forum will examine the significant role of data in achieving sustainable development. Critical to this conversation is the need for good gender data – complete, unbiased data about the lives of women and girls – to bring about positive change for all people, especially those that are most vulnerable.

Gender data can include labor data that considers both paid and unpaid work, data about access to financial services, and data on birth, death, and marriage registration.

Women are disproportionately impacted by lack of data in each of these areas, and have the potential to benefit tremendously if gender data is collected and used.

“Good policy and programmatic decisions must be based on good data, but most data about women and girls is incomplete or missing altogether,” said Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director of Data2X.

“We will not be able to achieve gender equality and improve development outcomes for all without complete, unbiased data about lived realities. We hope this fellowship will provide tools and access to encourage reporting on the role of gender data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Data2X press fellowship will enable selected journalists to cover gender data and data for sustainable development issues through attending the UN World Data Forum in Dubai and participating in an accompanying set of curated private briefings.

The first UN World Data Forum took place in Cape Town, South Africa from January 15 to 18, 2017. The second UN World Data Forum will be hosted by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority of the United Arab Emirates from October 22 to 24, 2018.

The application deadline is July 11, 2018, and interested candidates can apply here. More information can be gotten from Nina Rabinovitch Blecker at [email protected]

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