Data Against Feminicide is a collaboration between Catherine D’Ignazio (Data + Feminism Lab @ MIT), Silvana Fumega (ILDA) and Helena Suárez Val (Feminicidio Uruguay), who came together through a shared interest in feminicide data.
In August 2019, the three collaborators met to start developing ideas to build a project about feminicide data along has three key objectives:
- fostering an international community of practice around feminicide data
- developing tools to support the collection of feminicide data from media sources
- supporting efforts to standardize the production of feminicide data where appropriate
With the objective of gathering together the community of practice working on feminicide data, we hosted the first annual gathering of the Data Against Feminicide network in November 2020. Programmed around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the month-long virtual event series consisted of weekly interactive sessions, panels and workshops. We are planning the next Data Against Feminicide event series for November 2021.
These events allow us to support an incipient but growing community dedicated to better understanding, through data, how, where and why women are killed in Latin America and the Caribbean. The long term aim is to foster a community of practice, create connections, support each other, and build a common roadmap for action to continue developing the production of feminicide data and promote good data practices around feminicide to raise awareness of this problem.
More than 500 people registered for Data Against Feminicide in November 2020. They came from all over the world – 40 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. And more than 200 people participated in each of the public sessions. We were impressed by the interest that people showed in participating and took it as a sign that this is a very important topic that needs more discussion, knowledge-sharing and work.
Tools to support the collection of feminicide data from media sources
We are currently also involved in a participatory action research project designed to help sustain activist efforts to collect feminicide data by partially automating detection using machine learning.
As our projects progress, we will publish relevant articles, presentations, and reports, including the work presented at each of our events.
If you’d like to get in touch, please email us on datoscontrafeminicidio [at] gmail.com
If you’d like to contact people working on projects related to data against feminicide, we have a directory here.
Standardisation of Data on Feminicide
Here you could find some information in English on ILDA‘s project of Standardisation of Data on Feminicide