Mapping VAW:

Why a mapping tool on Violence Against Women?

Throughout society women face various forms of gender-based violence, ranging from rape, domestic violence
and forced marriages to female genital mutilation or trafficking. The mapping tool supports NGO's and service-providers to get an overall picture of violence against women (VAW) in their country or region. What is the prevalence of the various forms of violence against women? What measures are being taken by governments, service providers and NGOs to address VAW? Who is working on which topic, what are the blind spots and where are the gaps? The tool helps to collect, structure and evaluate relevant information.

The results can be used for writing NGO-reports (such as CEDAW shadow reports), advocacy & agenda setting, and strategic planning: making strategic choices on what topics and what strategies to focus on as organisation or network of organisations.

How does it work?

The tool provides a step-by-step guidance to get a quick insight in the prevalence of violence against women and the efforts to address it. In the first step users make an inventory of the information that is available. The tool guides them through the different possible sources of information. In the second step users make an overview of the prevalence of the various forms of VAW and evaluate whether specific groups are particularly affected. The questions in the tool ensure no groups or forms of violence are overseen. In the next step existing and missing strategies and interventions to address the various forms of VAW are mapped, based on the UN standards. The last step is a stakeholder’s analysis: who is working on which topic, for which groups and with which interventions?

After the mapping, users will have an overview of both the situation in regard to the various forms of violence against women in their country or region, as well as of the interventions that are in place. The mapping will also show the blind spots: forms of VAW that are not being addressed; groups that are not being reached, interventions that are lacking or insufficiently implemented. The mapping tool also gives suggestions on how to use the results for reporting, strategic planning and advocacy.

How can R4C help you to use the Mapping Tool?

The experts of Rights4Change can provide trainings and workshops, both on violence against women in general and on using the Mapping Violence Against Women Tool. Please contact Rights4Change to discuss the possibilities and the costs of the workshops and support.

Feedback and sharing experiences

Mapping Violence Against Women is a new tool. The tool has been discussed with potential users, but no examples of mapping are available yet.We invite users of the tool to give us feedback: how does it work in practice? What improvements can be made? We also like to hear about the results of using the tool. To give feedback and share your experiences, please e-mail us. You can also join our linked-in group Mapping VAW Network / Rights4Change, and share your experiences not only with us but with other users as well. 

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National Database on Violence Against Women in Indonesia'

In Indonesia, the National Commission (Nat Com) on Violence Against Women, a collaboration of governmental and non governmental oragnisations  an independent national human rights institution (NHRI) , publishes annual reports on the cases of Violence against Women, and the most emerging issues. NatCom Indonesia is also working on a national database on Violence Against Women in Indonesia. Both for the further development of this database, and for the structuring of their next annual reports, NatCom plans to work with the tool Mapping Violence Against Women.

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