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

When Violence Leaves Its Mark

When Violence Leaves Its Mark

“It’s fine, he was just having a bad day”, she says as she wipes the blood from her mouth.

“He had a rough day at work, I should’ve been nicer today”, she gasps as her breath cuts short as she feels the bruises around her ribs.

“It’s okay, he works hard and wants to let off some steam”, she mumbles as she finally succumbs to her injuries, and loses consciousness.

This is not a fictitious narrative. For 38% of women on the globe, this is their horrific reality.

And the worst part is?

They accept it.

Domestic violence has been a haunting ghost for as long as stories go back in history, its insidious presence latching onto individuals’ weaknesses and anger, and disguising itself as a coping mechanism to the extent that, it is recognized, and not renounced.

Afghanistan has a disturbing dominant position, having a whopping 46% of women being exposed to domestic violence in the 12 months that have passed.

To put things into perspective, that means that 6.5 million women are victims of domestic violence on an annual basis.

544,000 each month.

18 women each day.

Even more ghastly is the fact that 85% of women in Afghanistan believe that this violence is driven by cause and can be justified. That it’s a normal part of being in a relationship with your spouse. That to have a life without it is something odd. It’s their fault, they didn’t have the food ready. It’s their fault they’re tired and can’t attend to their spouse’s needs.

Social intervention is a must in these cases. And Afghanistan is not a lone warrior in its battle as many unfortunately mirror its dire reality. A reality were women accept defeat. And that reality has to be made obsolete.

Women’s Attitude towards Domestic Violence

Women’s Attitude towards Domestic Violence

“I didn’t know it was abuse until I nearly died!
Those were the words of Sarah stark. She was seriously abused by her husband until she decided to break up with him and press charges.
As a proud father of a 1 year old baby girl, tackling this subject became a personal objective.
This dashboard sheds the light on domestic violence against women. It is an epidemic that knows no boundaries and it is getting more and more dangerous by the fact that those women tend to acknowledge and justify their partner’s behavior. Finally it shows the importance of education for both men and women and how it helps in solving the issue ,spreading awareness and trying to change women response and help-seeking behavior.

Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

Further to inspecting the World Development Index datasets on Tableau, I was surprised by the proportion of women subject to violence in the world. Although many NGOs and organizations are working very hard on achieving equality between men and women, violence against women is still an issue that is sometimes neglected. Digging deeper into the indicators, I noticed that the proportion of violence against women is higher in countries that have no legislation to protect women or don’t abide by the existing laws.

As we can see from the below visualization, countries that enforced laws to protect against women violence had a major decrease in the proportion of violence

It is very important to increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence and build capacity of partners to prevent and respond to violence. Moreover; we should work on promoting the need for changing norms and behavior and advocating for gender equality and women’s rights.