Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks at the Advancing Asia Conference in New Delhi, India.
Because there s a lack of data on such issues as intimate partner violence and women s economic contributions, governments and groups can t identify where services are needed or assess which initiatives are working.
A mother nurses her newborn at the maternity ward of the Kailahun Government hospital in eastern Sierra Leone.
Gates underscored data s crucial role in supporting women by pointing to recent successes where numbers were key.
Since 1990, the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth every year has dropped by nearly half.
Surveys typically focus on the primary economic activity of the household.