Issues With the Study
The data found in the World Women studies have been an invaluable resource in both determining the state of women and in making it easier for lawmakers to advocate for women's rights by providing key information. But despite the good that comes from the study, many criticize the legitimacy of the report's statistics. The study's preface notes, "the availability of gender statistics is still sporadic and weak in many countries... thus limiting the comprehensive statistical analysis of social phenomena." Despite the doubts in methodology, the study was introduced with excitement and optimism.
Sha Zukang, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said, "It is my hope that the present publication will be used to advance an enabling social and economic environment that will ensure equal treatment of all women and men and significantly improve the status of all women in the world."