Initiative Update

Building a comprehensive dataset

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted May 23, 2020 from India

With the unprecedented rise in the number of instances of gender-based violence world over: be it domestic violence or violence against sexual minorities, the list is rather wide-ranging and frighteningly so.

One of the common responses in the hope of containment (and eventual elimination) of the disease has been the call for lockdowns, social distancing, and the "stay at home, save lives" strategy. While an important and necessary measure to prevent the proliferation of the disease, the lockdown has proven to serve as an enabling environment for several forms of gender-based violence to manifest: be it domestic violence, violence targeting sexual minorities, or child sexual abuse and a host of other forms.

The lockdown has forced policy, law, and governance to engage with challenges it did not know of, expect, anticipate, or even provide for: and as a result, such challenges continue to remain unadressed. Through the COVID-GBV Live Tracker, my team and I at The Gender Security Project hope to build a comprehensive dataset that speaks to law and policy, and informs it on ways to frame and implement sensitized approaches to future contingencies of the same kind. Together, we have mapped 208 media and news reports, and close to 40 organizational reports and 50 analytical (academic, op-ed) reports addressing the rise in gender-based and sexual violence during the lockdowns in order to contain COVID-19.  You can read more about this here: https://www.covidgbvtracker.live/

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

300

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
May 23, 2020
May 23, 2020

Wow, amazing! Thank you for your innovative ideas, dear Kirthi! We’re so proud of you! Please stay safe.

Kirthi Jayakumar
May 23, 2020
May 23, 2020

Sending you unconditional love and strength Karen <3 Thank you, always!

Tamarack Verrall
May 24, 2020
May 24, 2020

Dear Kirthi,
It is simply amazing, what you have created here. There are new challenges by women's organizations here in Canada regarding the lack of follow-through by our Government and Police in addressing the increase in violence against women here since the covid outbreak, the resulting lockdowns. I will forward this to the women running the shelters, and gather some of the recent news stories.
Deep sisterhood,
Tam

Kirthi Jayakumar
May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020

Thank you SO much, Tam. You helped so much, and supported the initiative so selflessly. Thank you, always.

Jill Langhus
May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020

Thanks for all your hard work and all that you're doing, Love. I know that GBV is a problem here and I know there aren't a lot of shelters, but I'm not sure what is actually being done.

How are you doing, dear? I hope you and your family are doing well?!

XX

Kirthi Jayakumar
May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020

Thank you dear Jill! You are too kind. We are well, Jill - how are you and your family?

Jill Langhus
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020

Hello Love:-)

I'm very glad to hear it! We're doing very well, thank you:-)

Keep up the great work! Looking forward to seeing what else you create, you trailblazer, you:-)

XX

Anita Shrestha
May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

THank you for sharing

Laetitia Shindano
Jun 06, 2020
Jun 06, 2020

Merci Kirthi pour le partage qui vont enrichir nos connaissances.

A la prochaine

Laetitia

Chi8629
Jun 07, 2020
Jun 07, 2020

Thank you for sharing.

Joshua Oyedele
Feb 15
Feb 15

I know this is coming late, but I just got to know about this after checking through the world pulse spirit award winners, I discovered your are one of the winner, this is awesome, keep up the good work, Kirthi. Sending you love and strength