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Violence Against Women and Girls: Beyond the Numbers

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, and on the same day as the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission begins in New York with the motto 'Better Data, Better Lives', the Small Arms Survey highlights the need for improved data on gender-based violence and femicide.

While some countries have made progress in data collection methods and increased the availability of sex-disaggregated information on homicides, others—particularly in Asia and Africa—are still under-researched. Limited availability and accessibility of sex-disaggregated data stems largely from poor reporting practices, an absence of standardised definitions and coding, underreporting, and insufficient resources for training and data collection in relevant state and non-state agencies. Without improved data, the global picture of lethal violence against women remains incomplete, complicating the design of effective programming to reduce gender-based violence.

The infographic below highlights some findings on gender-based violence from the 2015 ‘Global Burden of Armed Violence’ report,
based on data for the period 2007-2012.



[Click to see interactive version]


See also:

Unheard and Uncounted: Violence against Women in India, October 2015. India Armed Violence Assessment Issue Brief No. 5

Global Burden of Armed Violence 2015: Every Body Counts, by the Geneva Declaration Secretariat. Published by Cambridge University Press. May 2015.

Women and Gun Ownership, September 2014. Research Note No. 45, Armed Actors.

In War and Peace: Violence Against Women and Girls, by Dariusz Dziewanski, Emile LeBrun, and Mihaela Racovita, 2014. In Small Arms Survey, Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns.

Converging Agendas: Women, Peace, Security, and Small Arms, by Megan Bastick and Kristin Valasek, 2014. In Small Arms Survey, Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns.

Too Close to Home: Guns and Intimate Partner Violence, by Margaret Shaw, 2013. In Small Arms Survey, Small Arms Survey 2013: Everyday Dangers.

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