About the Blog

This blog creates engaging displays of the most up to date information on gender equality around the world. As the site builds it will feature information on topics relating to gender equality ranging from access to education, to maternal health, to political and public participation. Data is drawn from internationally recognised sources and all visualisations are accompanied by information on data sources, mode of collection, the process of data preparation, and software used to create the visualisations.

The name XYStats is intended to invoke the harmony of a graph with two axes, X and Y, that together make a whole. It is also a reference to the biological building blocks of sex determination, X and Y chromosomes, onto which each society maps its particular concepts of gender. As a result of what are considered gender norms, in almost every facet of almost every society, there are inequalities between men and women with women most often losing out. These inequalities in turn not only negatively impact women but hamper the creativity, prosperity, and flourishing of our global society. Tackling these inequalities and closing the gaps will be the work of a generation and will require us all to actively engage, question, challenge, and pose alternatives to outdated thinking and harmful practices and opinions. I hope in some small way that this blog can contribute to that effort.

The creator of the blog is a trained statistician working in the field of international development. She has no political affiliations or agendas apart from wishing to contribute to a more equitable world.

If you have suggestions for good data sources or topics that I haven’t covered yet, please let me know in the comments section. Also, if you found these visualisations helpful or have suggestions on how they could be improved, I would be delighted to hear from you!


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