In this picture taken on July 19, 2017, Nancy Stiegler, Census Operation and Training Adviser to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics for UNFPA, poses for photographs after an interview with AFP in Islamabad. (AFP / FAROOQ NAEEM)
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Nancy Stiegler has participated in the counting of nearly half a billion people, in African deserts, Pacific archipelagos and the teeming megacities of Asia.She is one of just a handful of technical experts -- and only two women -- travelling the world to advise countries on obtaining solid census data in troubled regions."Statistically, we can correct ... the underestimation of women but only to a certain point," Stiegler said.She has helped the country devise awareness campaigns aimed at persuading civil society groups, religious figures, and politicians to endorse the census.Following the completion of the survey in May, Stiegler is now helping oversee the detailed data analysis of the census results, which could take months.Such challenges are nothing new for 40-year-old Stiegler.
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