SOURCE: Swivel

August 13, 2007 03:01 ET

Swivel and OECD Team Up to Promote Unique Gender Data

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 13, 2007) - Better data, better policies. This simple slogan is at the heart of a new partnership between Swivel, a collaborative environment for exploring data, and the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). By making its innovative Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base (GID-DB) available on both organizations hope to raise awareness for an emerging topic. Featuring the unique, gender-focused data will enable Swivel's site visitors to discover connections between gender and other important issues facing society today. Swivel's community can then discuss and debate insights gleaned from this information to better understand gender disparities around the world and lobby for more effective policies that contribute to improving the current situation.

The range of gender inequality topics includes concepts such as ownership rights, which measure the extent to which women are excluded from holding property or accessing bank loans; physical integrity; prevalence of early marriage and obligation to wear a veil. These kinds of topics are not normally addressed directly, much less monitored systematically, and represent a new approach for measuring societal indicators by the OECD Development Centre.

"Our mission is to help decision makers find policy solutions to fuel growth and enhance living conditions in developing markets," said Denis Drechsler, policy analyst, OECD Development Centre. "Empowering women and improving gender equality is one important aspect in this endeavor. By making this gender-focused data available to a wider audience via, we are hoping to encourage further communication across borders and facilitate decisions that better the lives of the people, particularly women, in these societies."

"We are continuing to enhance the content available to our community with the latest data across a variety of different topics and industries," stated Brian Mulloy, Swivel co-founder. "With the addition of these gender-specific facts and figures from the OECD Development Centre, we provide an exclusive view into how issues are divided along gender lines all over the world -- and will hopefully encourage better decision making by those who can affect change."

About Swivel

Swivel is a powerful tool that makes it easy for people and businesses to understand data and share insights. Swivel is a privately held, U.S.-based company funded by Minor Ventures. To explore data, visit

About the OECD Development Centre

Created in 1962 by the OECD in Paris, the Development Centre is an interface between OECD Member countries and the emerging and developing economies. The objective is to help decision makers find policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies. For more information, visit

Contact Information


    Andrea Roesch
    For Swivel
    Tel.: 650-644-1700
    Email Contact

    Denis Drechsler
    For OECD Development Centre
    Tel.: +33 1 45 24 96 01
    Email Contact