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LivWell: a sub-national Dataset on the Living Conditions of Women and their Well-being for 52 Countries
Authors: Camille Belmin, Roman Hoffmann, Mahmoud Elkasabi, Peter-Paul Pichler
Source: Scientific Data, Volume 9, Article 719; DOI:
Topic(s): Inequality
Women's health
Country: More than one region
  Multiple Regions
Published: NOV 2022
Abstract: Data on women’s living conditions and socio-economic development are important for understanding and addressing the pronounced challenges and inequalities faced by women worldwide. While such information is increasingly available at the national level, comparable data at the sub-national level are missing. We here present the LivWell global longitudinal dataset, which includes a set of key indicators on women’s socio-economic status, health and well-being, access to basic services and demographic outcomes. It covers 447 regions in 52 countries and includes a total of 265 different indicators. The majority of these are based on 199 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) for the period 1990–2019 and are complemented by extensive information on socio-economic and climatic conditions in the respective regions. The resulting dataset offers various opportunities for policy-relevant research on gender inequality, inclusive development and demographic trends at the sub-national level.