Data Visualization

Blog of the Data Visualization & Communication Course at OSB-AUB

This is my favorite part about analytics: Taking boring flat data and bringing it to life through visualization” John Tukey

Sex, And The Hell In Paradise

Sex, And The Hell In Paradise

Steve: “I would kill for – I would kill for sex! YES! KILL!

The Board lights up with “KILL” as the no. 2 answer, the audience in the studio laughed, the audience at home laughed, and the video went viral of yet another successful episode of family feuds. Good job Steve, you are one hell of a host.

 That night, the audience in the studio went home after a good laugh. After all, it is all good, if it is just a joke, right? But guess what, this isn’t a joke. This is a reality that many women face on a daily basis. That’s already horrendous, yet there exist an even harsher and more terrifying reality.

Meet Fadimata,

a young woman, married at the age of 18, a mother of two, and she spends her day roaming around carrying a basket over her head selling fresh produce to help support her family. She never got the chance to continue her education, but she’s doing her best to survive.

But once she gets home, that’s when her hell begins.

She gets beaten up by her husband if she doesn’t service him sexually. Let that sink in. She goes back home… only to get beaten if she refuses to sex her husband.

If that wasn’t bad enough, wait for the uppercut.

She believes her husband IS justified for beating her when she refuses sex with him.

Now imagine that is YOU

Unfortunately, more than 60% of women in Mali believe that a husband is justified to beat his wife if she refuses to have sex with him; quite. Similarly, countries like Guinea, Niger, Burundi, Chad, Senegal, etc… also experienced a relatively high rate of women accepting that notion.

On the other hand, countries like South Africa, Albania, Dominican Republic, and Colombia had shown that the percentage of women accepting the notion of a husband being justified to beat his wife if she refuses to have sex with him is to be at 1% or less.

Drilling down into this alarming phenomenon, and trying to understand why such a phenomenon even exists, we discovered yet another factor that might play a significant role in that.

The dropout rate for female students from the educational system (especially at the primary level) is astronomically higher in countries where women believe in the notion compared to the countries where women do not share this notion.

As such, one way to combat this notion is to heavily invest in the educational sector and facilitate accessibility in order to empower women and break these hellish chains.

However, as demonstrated by Burundi, while education might be key, it is not enough. It should be coupled with awareness and empowerment campaigns in order to reinforce the self-esteem and self-worth of these marginalized female groups.

Let’s work together to make this world a better place for all of us!!!


Conflicts: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

Conflicts: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

Youth living in countries in the midst of conflicts or wars seem to be devastated, demotivated and worried about their future. Their discouragement is due to the negative ramifications that conflicts have on education and the economy. As a matter of fact, with conflict comes uncertainty about employment opportunities, continuity of education, educational attainment and impoverishment. However, history provides a rather optimistic economic and educational outlook to the future of war-torn countries.

The aim of our analysis is to guarantee to youth in the Arab world that a brighter future is ahead of them, and to encourage them to have hope of a prosperous future.

Who is more exposed to Suicide?

Who is more exposed to Suicide?

Now a day’s suicide became one of the three main causes of mortality among males and females that are 15 to 44 years old. In addition to that researches showed that Europe and Africa are the continents with the most number of suicide deaths. A study was performed to deeply analyze this topic in these two continents specifically. For this purpose, data was taken from World development index and merged with externally data from credible resources, then visuals were formed using tableau to find relationships between the variables we have and the numbers of suicides in different countries. The results show that the highest age group with suicide numbers are 35-54 years, literature shows that those age groups have the highest responsibilities. Followed by 55-74 years, a possible reason would be that people in this age should reach all their goals maybe if they didn’t, they don’t find themselves worthy of life, or the opposite, the fact that people accomplished all their goals in life and don’t see a point in living anymore.