One of the main tasks of the Working Group is the collection of statistics on women in astronomy worldwide to monitor the progress of the status of women in the field over time. It is often reported that the number of women in astronomy positions is not increasing at a rate commensurate with the availability of qualified female students and that women are not represented at highest levels. Statistics will help back up these claims and those countries that are more progressive can help plan strategies and actions for improvement internationally.

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